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Without volunteers, young people in recovery wouldn’t have the chance to transform their lives after cancer. Volunteers are the Trust's heartbeat.

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Why volunteer?

Volunteers are heroes in so many ways.

Whether supporting fundraising or providing an extra pair of hands on trips, our volunteers make an immeasurable difference. Sometimes one supportive word or simply just being there can be the difference in a young person taking a life-changing step. You could be that hero.

"It's about making the young people feel they can do things. Seeing a face light up is a huge thing." - Rosa Coker-Burnett

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Because of you…

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Juliet Sykes, winner of 2021 Luke Gilbert Volunteer of the Year Award

“The best bits are the belly-aching laughter and the fun, and the people, the family spirit of it all, the support." - Juliet Sykes, 2021 Luke Gilbert Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year Award was introduced in 2017 to celebrate the life of young person and volunteer, Luke Gilbert, who sadly passed away in 2016. Nominations are invited after every trip. Anyone can make a nomination.

The only criteria are that a volunteer embodies Luke’s incredible personality, sense of humour and fun, enthusiasm and compassion. An independent panel, including Luke’s mum Julie, judges the nominations. The winner is announced at the Trust’s annual Volunteer Training Day.

Luke Gilbert Volunteer of the Year - roll of honour:

  • Paul Gavin (2016)
  • Rosie McIntyre (2017)
  • Rosa Coker-Burnett (2018)
  • Alex Rickman (2019)
  • Wen Stone (2020)
  • Juliet Sykes (2021)

*You can nominate your 2022 Volunteer of the Year at any time during the season and up to the closing date.

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Meet volunteer Bill

"As a volunteer I get so much out of playing a small part in something so significant in the journey young people are undertaking in rebuilding their life after cancer."

A familiar face on trips from Largs, Bill values the opportunity to support young people during their recovery while sharing his passion for sailing.

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Come and Skipper

Could you use your professional sailing skills to help young people rebuild their lives after cancer? Each year the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust employs Freelance Skippers to work on our sailing trips from Cowes and Largs between June and October. As a Skipper, you have overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the crew, the safety and security of the vessel and its equipment at all times.

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