Anne, from London, was just three when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and nine when she joined her first Trust trip in 2010.
Now 15, she has returned to sail with us every year since and does talks for the Trust.
I didn’t really talk to anyone and just sat in a corner listening. At school I’d walk around at lunchtime and keep myself to myself. People didn’t really understand why I was like I was and it was too difficult to explain.
I knew they would understand and we would all have something quite big in common. I wouldn’t have to live up to any standards or fit in with a certain image, I thought I could be who I am and be taken for who I was.
There weren’t many of us on our boat so we spent a lot of time together and could really open up. I knew they really understood what I was saying without me having to explain it.
I was more easy going, I joined more clubs and was getting other people to join in too. I stopped being the kid in the corner.”
I can’t imagine my life without them. We lead very different lives but they are really important to me and we stay in touch a lot. The friendships are different to my other friendships; more intimate because we all have this thing in common only we know.
But you don’t know how to let it out. The Trust trips help you do that and it feels really good. It’s something we all do together; just let it go. That’s so important.