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Cancer Trust Sail

18th July 2013

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Dame Ellen MacArthur launches Cancer Trust sail in Scotland

Young people setting sail from Largs with The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Young people setting sail from Largs with The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Following the announcement of the launch of an Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Scottish hub in January 2013, the initial sail recently took place thanks to the funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The hub in Largs allows young people in Scotland to have access to the Trust's services, for which previously they had to travel to the Isle of Wight, a daunting journey for many of those who have undergone cancer treatment.

The Trust, which is ten years old this year, allows young people aged 8-24 in recovery from cancer and leukaemia the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing on four day yacht trips.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Trust's founding patron, joined the young people during the first season in Largs. Dame Ellen commented; "The creation of the hub in Scotland is vital to allow the Trust to be as accessible as possible. The young people who are undergoing treatment, or who are in remission, have already likely travelled some distances to and from hospitals, so to have a hub in Scotland where Scots can now get involved in the Trust's work is simply fantastic.

The sailing trips are about taking the young people away from an environment where cancer, recovery, remission are words being focused on day in, day out, and giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill and meet new people who, without speaking about it, understand exactly how they are feeling. The young people are given responsibilities on the sail, allowing them to build on their self-confidence."

The initial trips from the new Scottish hub have allowed two groups, 8–17 year olds and 18–24 year olds, to sail from Largs up to the Isle of Bute, before returning via Millport.

Frank Fletcher, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, added; "The funding provided by players of People's Postcode Lottery is allowing us to make our dream come true and launch a hub here in Scotland. Without the money from the players, this just wouldn't be possible and the Trust cannot thank them enough for their continued support."

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have already supported the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust on two previous occasions. Funding of £10,000 helped the Trust to buy a brand new van for the service users and a grant of over £5,000 allowed for the purchase of new oil-skins and vests.