A chance for brothers and sisters of young people the Trust has previously supported in recovery from cancer to enjoy an experience that is their own.I’m interested in this trip Refer a young person
A family’s life is turned upside down when a young person is diagnosed with cancer. Brothers and sisters can be significantly impacted by the long-term illness of a sibling. They need support too.
The 2020 siblings trip takes place at the Essex Outdoors Bradwell coastal outdoor adventure centre. This five-day residential trip welcomes siblings aged between 13 and 17, bringing benefits to the whole family.
"I was so nervous about coming but I had the most amazing week." - Petra
"To go away, face her fears, and have such an amazing time means she has a point of reference next time she goes into a new situation and feels overcome with anxiety."- Petra's mum
With everything going on at home it was a big deal for Petra to leave it behind for a week. Her sister, Rowan, has been in and out of hospital over the last 10 years. Their mum says it meant Petra was left to get on with things on her own.Find out more about the trips Support the Trust
On all of our trips we have two qualified medics to help cover all necessary medical needs of the young people. Your medical information comes from the medical and consent form you fill in prior to the trip, so make sure you include all relevant, up to date medical and non-medical information you feel we should know about.
Nope! During the trips you don’t actually go in the water, so you don’t need to be able to swim. Lifejackets will be provided for when you are doing watersports activities.
Closer to the time of your trip we will send you a Trip Handbook containing all the information you need, including a full kit list. You won’t need any specialist clothing, waterproofs, wetsuits or safety equipment – the centre will provide all that - just normal clothes, including some warm layers and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. You will basically live in joggers/leggings, a hoodie and your Trust trip t-shirt! We also always have plenty of high-factor sun cream on all of our trips
All meals will be provided by the Bradwell team. Breakfast consists of cereals, toast and a cooked option. Lunch will be packed lunch, which can be taken on activities. A hot meal will be provided in the evenings, followed by pudding, and snacks are available in the evening should you still be a bit peckish! We try to cater for everyone’s needs and diets and aim to promote a healthy diet. If you do have any special dietary requirements these go on your Medical Form.
You will be staying in same sex, shared bedrooms or dorm rooms.
Any phones or valuable electronic equipment are bought along entirely at your own risk and we cannot be responsible for any loss or damage. We recommend these are left at home, but do understand you may want to bring them along for the journey. Our staff and volunteers will have phones you can use to phone home if necessary and Trust contact will be provided to family and friends should they need to get in touch while you’re away. Because everything is provided, you only need enough money for any extra snacks or souvenirs you want to buy. We suggest no more than £20.
Are you interested in coming on this Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trip? Or do you know someone who you think might benefit from joining us? Please fill in the contact form below, or call 01983 297750 to chat to one of our team.
Please note – eligibility information can be found on the trip page.
Do you know a young person aged 8-24 that could benefit from Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust support? Please fill in the contact form below, or call 01983 297750 to chat to one of our team.
Please note - treatment must be finished before a young person comes on a trip. But if you would like to find out more about what support is open to them after your treatment ends we would still like to hear from you.
After treatment many of us feel like we’ve been dropped and find it extremely hard to get back to where we were and feel accepted by society again. Thankfully the Trust helps pick us up after this dramatic drop.