If you have had cancer, and would like the opportunity to sail with the Trust, or know someone aged 8-24 who has had cancer that would benefit from the opportunity, please follow this link to get in touch and find out more.
Being part of an amazing voyage with inspirational people and exploring the coast, hopefully seeing stunning views and wildlife.
Going under Tower Bridge and sharing the Trusts story around the UK.
I am a paediatrician who has previously worked in an oncological centre in London. Each of the young people, and their families, whom I cared for made a deep impression on me. I recall their names, their faces, their fear, anger, hope and loss. Sometimes I was also able to share moments of play and laughter in the face of their challenges. They taught me (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) about death, resilience, determination, black humour, autonomy, and about love.
It is not possible to work in an Oncology ward and not be emotively involved. However, a clinician's role is a delicate balance between medical judegment, understanding, care and professionality. The Trust has allowed me to look beyond 'the system' and my professional role. It creates a supportive, joyful environment that allows young people recovering from cancer to push the boundaries of expectation (both their own and those of others). I have witnessed pivotal individual achievements. These moments are the springboard for young people to move forward from the institution of being a 'patient' and to realise their future ambitions.
Impossible to summarise one thing! I feel privileged to be a part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting young people from various parts of the British Isles, they always teach me something new. I hope the RB trip raises awareness of the Trust and allows us to reach a broader range young people recovering from can
Hearing laughter on the boat when I walk down the pontoon to meet them.
Seeing the crew sail in to my home port of Tayport (Fife) (and some of Mum’s homemade cake onboard that evening!)
being part of an extraordinary adventure, working with an amazing team and meeting more inspirational Young People.
Seeing the faces of support for the young people on board as they sail themselves into their home ports.
Turns 10 during his Round Britain leg
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for Bilateral Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge between 2007 and 2011.
“From my first trip I gained confidence, enjoyment, made new friends and I learned to sail. The trip was different to any other I’d been on before because I was with other people who have had cancer. On Round Britain 2017, I can’t wait to have the wind on my face and to enjoy a really fun trip. The time limit makes it feel more like a race.”
We have loads of frogspawn in our garden pond!
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for Embryonal Paratesticular Rhobdomyosacoma at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge for seven months in 2014-2015.
Dominic says he loves meeting new people on Trust trips. Dominic made friends with Ernie on their first four-day South Coast Trust trip in 2016 and now they are both doing the same leg of Round Britain 2017.
My birthday is on Christmas Day
In 2015 after undergoing treatment for Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge between 2007 and 2012.
“I’ve made new friends and learned loads of new skills through my Trust trips. The trips are fun and unusual and I’m looking forward to meeting more new people on Round Britain 2017 and achieving more new sailing skills.”
I play the violin and I met Olly Murs and lots of other popstars backstage at a VIP concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014.
In 2015 after undergoing treatment for Acute Myloid Leukaemia (with bone marrow transplant) and Wilms’ Tumour (kidney cancer) at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary between 2010 and 2013.
“The sailing makes the Trust different; no other trips offer this experience. I’ve made friends and learned new skills. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, taking part in a longer sailing trip and learning different sailing skills through Round Britain 2017. There’s only one boat so will be more time sailing.”
I enjoy dance and drama and taking part in stage shows.
In 2015 after undergoing treatment for Acute Myloid Leukaemia at Northampton General Hospital between 2012 and 2015.
“I gained a lot more confidence through my first Trust trip. Then going back every year and staying longer than you do on any other trip makes it different. I’m looking forward to making more new friends, developing more sailing skills and more confidence in myself by taking part in Round Britain 2017.”
I currently hold a record for the most ‘Beads of Courage’ at Northampton Hospital – I have over 1,000! Each bead represents a specific treatment (such as blood transfusion, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and overnight stay in hospital) to display and acknowledge a young person’s cancer journey.
In 2014 after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
The Trust helped me get back on my feet after being so unwell. I probably wouldn’t have had the confidence nor energy to have considered doing this two years ago. But the Trust understands everyone has different physical and mental barriers to overcome after treatment and supports you in achieving what you’re able of.
When I was working I served Bruce Forsyth with a drink and had a conversation with him!
In 2015 after undergoing treatment for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
My first trip inspired me to take on a new exciting hobby and it also helped me understand different types of young people with cancer. Trust trips are about meeting new people and building a family unit onboard
I have an array of circus skills and a spiritual connection with Doc Martens!
Trust trips are one of the most comfortable, encouraging and nurturing places to be, where I not only learn to sail, which I love, but that have also given me the tools and perspective to be myself and aim to achieve everything I want in life. It opened my eyes to the abilities I had, even with a long-term condition from my treatment. Particularly on my most recent trip in 2016, I found myself as a person and was able to push the boundaries of what I thought I could do. Because of the confidence I gained I’ve been able to make decisions about my future I was too nervous to make before, including applying for and being accepted to study at Derby University from September. This is a big step, I feel like I’m finally following my heart.
When I was younger I was so obsessed with Jurassic Park I wanted to be a paleontologist, then I realised I didn’t like science at school!
In 2016 after undergoing treatment at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
In 2013 after undergoing treatment for Burkitt lymphoma at Southampton General Hospital between 2004 and 2005.
Trips are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that should be grasped with both hands. You can really get to be yourself and get to know new people. It’s a lovely environment to be part of, because of the things the people on these trips have been through, everyone is so kind and open-minded. These trips also encourage team working so it’s mainly from the trips I love working in a team.
I am now unaffected by the illness I had and it has no impact on my life, I am happy and healthy.
In 2011 after undergoing treatment for a Wilms’ tumour (a type of kidney cancer) at Southampton General Hospital in 2001.
On my first Trust trip I felt such relief and elation at being able to get what I was feeling off my chest. It helped me understand what I’d been through a lot more and was validation for how I felt. Everyone can relate to each other. I’ve gained more confidence both in general and sailing situations and have also enjoyed sailing at my local club near home since my first trip with the Trust.
I am on the Trust Youth Board. My shyness has always stopped me voicing my opinion before, but I wanted to join the Youth Board and give my input because the Trust has helped me so much. It’s a good thing to have on my CV but, even more, I’m so proud I’ve got the confidence to have signed up as three years ago I never could have imagined being able to do this.
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for optic nerve glioma at Southampton General Hospital
All the adults, kids and volunteers understand you, what you have been through and what you are capable of. They don’t care about your ‘disability’ or the past, only about what you can achieve in the future. I’ve made lifelong friends, learnt sailing skills and felt at ease with others who understand
Although I am registered blind I am the goalie and captain of my able-bodied U16 football team
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) at the Royal Cornwall Hospital between 2006 and 2008
The trips are challenging but also provide you with new life skills as well as enabling me to talk to people of my own age who have experienced cancer as not all cancers are the same. Although I have not met up with the friends I made on my first trip, we are continually in contact because we enjoy gaming on our PCs and so often play games together and chat over the internet.
In 2014 I built my own PC. I want to go to college and study computing and maths from September.
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for craniopharyngioma (a type of brain tumour) at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London in 2011.
You stay with other people and form friendships. I also liked the sailing.
I like meeting other people
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in 2014
It inspires you to try new things with people who have also been through a tricky journey. My first Trust trip gave me confidence and I made new friends.
I’ve completed my bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
In 2015 after undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital between 2010 and 2013.
I can do things that are more daring where I’m not treated like a poorly child. My previous Trust trips were a lot of fun and gave me confidence
I love acting and dancing
In 2013 after undergoing treatment for Wilms Tumour (kidney cancer) at Derriford Hospital (Plymouth) in 2010.
There are lots of fun activities and I made new friends and gained confidence on my other Trust trips.
I built my own computer
In 2013 after undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at Derriford Hospital (Plymouth) between 2002 and 2004.
The people are amazing and really understand what you’ve been through. You gain independence and it made me more confident in speaking to other people and in myself.
I sang at Plymouth Pavilions with my school rock band.
In 2011 after undergoing treatment for nasopharyngeal carcinoma at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) in 2009.
You become part of the Trust family and through my trips I’ve gained my love and passion for sailing.
I am currently working towards my Yachtmaster’s qualification
In 2012 after undergoing treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
The kindness and passion from everyone who goes. From my trips I gained the feeling that no matter what we’ve been through, how and what we’re doing now is good.
I am a lifeguard and swimming teacher
In 2009 after undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma at the Royal United Hospital Bath
It’s a great friendly atmosphere and it gives you the ability to be yourself, gain confidence and build friendships.
I’m studying at the University of Birmingham
In 2013 after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma at Leeds General Infirmary between 2011 and 2012.
Trust trips really are unique. I made friends really quickly because everyone was in the same situation. I felt comfortable talking to them about things they would understand that my friends at home wouldn’t. I also felt more independent, with the responsibility of sailing as a team meaning my confidence improved to start taking on new tasks. Without the Trust I also wouldn’t have had the opportunity to discover just how much I love sailing and to turn around some of the big negatives of having cancer into a positive by getting to go sailing.
I work as a therapeutic radiographer at Southampton General Hospital – having cancer meant I became interested in cancer and I now work delivering radiotherapy treatment to others with cancer.
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) requiring bone marrow transplant at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) between 2014 and 2015.
Seeing Wales from a different perspective, enjoying new scenery and challenges, meeting new people and having fun with my crewmates. I’m also looking forward to helping others when we visit local hospitals on our way around.
I can do the Moonwalk…
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for Wilms Tumour (a type of kidney cancer) at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital between 2002 and 2003.
I feel I gained a lot of confidence from my first trip and it the trips have more of a personal achievement element.
I’d like to work in air traffic control.
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) in 2015.
From my first trip I gained happiness, experience and I love that the trips are on the water.
I’m from Cape Town and I also love the Lego Movie too much!
In 2014 after undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital between 2008 and 2011.
I sailed from Largs to other places in Scotland with people that have had similar childhood experiences and I gained a lot of confidence from it.
I am sort of funny and like having a laugh!
In 2014 after undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital between 2009 and 2011.
You learn about sailing and have a really good time while meeting people, which gave me confidence and happiness.
I live near the Swizzels sweet factory!
In 2012 after undergoing treatment for Wilms Tumour (a type of kidney cancer) at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust in 2011.
It is easier to talk to new people as you can share similar experiences and stories. I like working as part of a team and have made new friends I still keep in contact with.
I can play the guitar and like singing and I once auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for medulloblastoma (a malignant brain tumour) at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust in 2015.
You meet new friends and see new things.
I like exploring
In 2016 after undergoing treatment for leukaemia at The Christie Hospital, Manchester between 2009 and 2015.
You are with a crew that understands, and having had similar experiences, you can talk about medical jargon and they will understand. My Trust trip helped me to become more confident in myself and that I am able, no matter how much my late effects hinder my life.
I was a London Olympic torchbearer in 2012
In 2014 after treatment for osteosarcoma (including amputation of her right leg) at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in 2011.
Everyone on my first trip was at different stages of recovery. Other charity trips I’d done had been cancer related. This was just a group of teenagers that just happened to have had cancer. It was a refreshing atmosphere. You’re like a little family after four days. On chemo I got so good at hiding the pain to protect the people who loved me. That’s why you can always spot if someone else is struggling, as you’ve done it yourself, you’ve hidden it. On Trust trips you don’t need to say anything, there’s just a mutual understanding the little dramas don’t matter.
I’m an Events Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In 2015 after undergoing treatment for testicular cancer at The Christie Hospital, Manchester in 2013.
Trust trips are more hands-on and active with friendly volunteers. Through the Trust I’ve gained a better understanding of how sailing works and when out at sea I’m happy and in a place of contentment.
I am a self-employed photographer and after my treatment I set up a charity called Baggy Trousers to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
In 2014 after treatment for osteosarcoma at CLIC Sargent Scotland and Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre between 2009 and 2010.
Everyone is treated equally in a safe, fun environment where you gain sailing knowledge and build confidence.
I keep smiling through everything.