Scott, who was diagnosed with Cerebeller Astrocytoma in April 2013 at the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff was joined by four other young people on board their boat Whisper. Excited about the trip Scott explained, “I was expecting good things because I was told what fun it was. I was a little nervous about the sailing; I’m not a great swimmer, so I had to make the boat work for me.” Onboard 42-48 foot cruising yachts, the trips provide a chance for the young people to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment, encouraging them to work as a team and get involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.
Scott added, “It was the fastest four days I’ve experienced, so I must have been having a good time, if you go by the saying. It was great to meet everyone too, you become such a tight group when you’re in such close quarters.”
Departing from their south coast HQ in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight on Monday the trip navigated the waters of the Solent, which took them to various stopovers including Yarmouth Harbour and the picturesque bay of Newtown Creek for a BBQ. Before putting their new skills to the test cruising back into Cowes.
Launched in 2003 the aim of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is to give young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing. Scott explained the impact of the trip, “The team building activities and the BBQ are definitely a highlight, as everyone is so nice, we all got on really well.”
Dame Ellen, who tries to spend at least one day with every four-day trip over the summer, adds,“The mental and social fall-out from cancer can be just as devastating as the physical illness. Everything we do is about building confidence, self-esteem and having fun together. ”
In their 11th year, the Trust has grown beyond every expectation into a national charity. Working with every young person Principal Treatment Centre and a growing number of Designated Units in the UK. Taking young people aged between 8-24 who are recovering from cancer on four-day sailing trips.
As the Trust receives no government funding and does not charge fees they therefore rely 100% on voluntary funding. There are many ways you can support The Trust with your time, money or services.
To become a Friend of the Trust and help them to continue to provide support and encouragement to young people in recovery from cancer visithttp://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org