Abi first sailed with the aged 14 in 2007 after treatment for a Ewing’s Sarcoma. Still involved as a volunteer, she admits she owes her career to the confidence she re-gained through her long-term relationship with the Trust.
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.
No one can teach a family how to deal with childhood cancer. Ben was five when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009. His parents and Trust fundraisers, David and Erica, say the Trust gave Ben a way to talk about his illness.
Ben from Sheffield, was eight when diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg. It was eventually amputated and he would not leave his mum's side. He and his mum Dawn talk about out how the Trust helped.
A bone marrow transplant from her sister was the key to Ceinwen's recovery. Although it took her out of University for a year, she talks about how her illness inspired her Art degree project and about what she gains from volunteering with the Trust every summer.
Claire represents the young people's voice on our Board of Trustees. She talks about how her first Trust trip planted the seed that restored her sense of possibility and positivity for the future. And about how heartwarming it is as a volunteer to see other young people going through that journey now.
Daisy was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was 14. Her parents share their story here.
Darragh was diagnosed with Hodgkinson's Lymphoma when he was just six. Although he was given the all-clear within a couple of years, it wasn't until later in his childhood that he began to understand the seriousness of his illness. He talks about his first trip and about becoming a graduate volunteer.
Emma was twelve when she was diagnosed with leukaemia. She talks about how her Trust trip helped her to realise that she was capable of more than her mum or her doctors thought.
Hannah had a bone marrow transplant after the other treatments for her leukemia hadn't worked. She talks about not wanting to go on her first Trust trip, and about why she's so glad she did.
Jack's brain cancer was discovered by chance, following a scan for a concussion from playing rugby. Jack talks about how the Trust trips gave him the self-belief to follow a coaching course, and about the value in having someone reaching a hand out to you when you're recovering from cancer.
Keith was 21 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011. The body image issues he endured crushed his self-esteem, but having rediscovered his confidence with the Trust’s support, he is now a dedicated Trust volunteer and fundraiser.
Kirstie was 20 and living a busy life in Edinburgh when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. She has now gained her Competent Crew certificate after volunteering on our Scottish trips.
Mark's prognosis in intensive care looked bleak, but he has rebuilt his health and his life since then. He talks about how his first Trust trip in 2009 helped him realise that the things he could do things that he didn't think he was capable of.
Maxine is the young girl whose photo famously accompanied Ellen MacArthur on her record-breaking round-the-world sailing voyage in 2005. Maxine was in the first group that ever sailed with the Trust and has returned many times since.
Phil’s dreams of a military career ended when he was diagnosed with leukaemia, just after his 18th birthday, in 2012. Being alone in the safe confines of his room helped him cope. The Trust got him back outdoors.
Intensive radiotherapy sessions left Raj very weak and he spent most of his time at home with his PlayStation. He talks about how the 'grew up' on his first Trust trip and how it helped give him the confidence to open up to other people.
Raveen was diagnosed with leukaemia before her third birthday. She spent three years in hospital while radiotherapy left her with mild learning and communication difficulties. She's now a Trust volunteer and an inspiration to other young people.
Our film-maker and Trust volunteer Tom talks about his recovery from bone cancer and about how rewarding it is to make the difference in other young people's lives that was given to him on his first trip. And he reveals what led him to wanting to make our 12years 12stories films.