But each trip was also a springboard into the year ahead. Each year, around Easter, she would feel her confidence and courage start to slip, and realised her upcoming Trust trip would be the boost she needed to face new challenges.
“The courage I gained from my first Trust trip helped overcome the cancer I’d just faced, but also the fact I’d moved into year 7, going from 98 children in my primary school to 2,000 in secondary. When I left year 7, we moved to Lincolnshire and my second Trust trip helped me overcome my fear of moving to a new place and starting a new school. Between years 9, 10, and 11, the Trust trips helped me through my GCSEs and moving on to sixth form.”
Come 2017, she made the leap from young person to volunteer. It was weird being in charge at first – at 18 years old, being an adult still felt very new. She had had a small taster of responsibility on her last few trips, being trusted to handle boats on her own with other teenagers because of her years of experience.
Now, she hopes young people see her as a volunteer who is fun, caring, and ready to listen to and look after them. “I’m not the boldest, the bravest, but I am that caring person that can just be who they can come to in their time of need. It happens to all of us on the trips, you have a moment where you might miss home or something happens that you’re not familiar with and you just need to go talk to someone. I’m always happy to be that person.”