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Cancer Trust Launches In Scotland

6th September 2012

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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust announces launch of Scottish hub

Dame Ellen MacArthur aboard the Trust boat with young people living with cancer Dame Ellen MacArthur aboard the Trust boat with young people living with cancer

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has announced the launch of a Scottish hub for early 2013, with funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The brand new hub will be established in Largs in North Ayrshire. This is a welcome Scottish first for the Trust, which was launched back in 2003 by Dame Ellen MacArthur. Although currently based on the Isle of Wight, the Trust works with young people diagnosed with cancer or leukemia from all over the UK. These have included 43 young Scottish people to date.

This new focus of activity based on the West Coast of Scotland will make the Trust's services even more accessible to young people living with cancer in Scotland. Until now, those looking to work with the Trust must first fly down to Southampton before travelling onto the island. This involved unnecessary travel burdens for the users. Now, with a presence in Largs, it will make an incredible difference to their experience. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, recognises the importance of this new step forward.

"I am delighted to learn that the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust will now sail out of Scotland," said Nicola Sturgeon. "Having a hub here in Scotland will allow more Scottish youngsters to benefit. I know that the young people’s experience with the Trust has a long-lasting impact on the lives of those who sail with the team, building their self-confidence and giving them the opportunity to make new friends who have experienced similar challenges."

Sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is an experience of a life-time for the young people taking part. It offers a freedom and opportunity to be with others who have experienced something similar. Trying something so new and different also gives them the confidence to put their lives back together.

We've been working with young people from across the UK since we launched on the Isle of Wight,” said Frank Fletcher, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. “But 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.

The Trust is currently working on preparations for the new hub and hopes to launch in June 2013. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have already supported the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust on two previous occasions. £10,000 was awarded to support the purchase of a brand new van for the service users and a grant of over £5,000 was given to allow the purchase of new oil-skins and vests.