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Danyl Johnson Sets Sail

7th August 2013


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X Factor star joins in on the sailing fun with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust




Danyl Johnson joins in on the fun with children on a recent sail Danyl Johnson joins in on the fun with children on a recent sail

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust organises sailing trips for young people aged 8-24 who are in recovery from cancer and leukaemia. Each voyage lasts four days and is lead by experienced, professional sailors who are more than happy to pass on their knowledge. These trips offer these young people the opportunity to rebuild their confidence and connect with others who have undergone a similar experience. The Trust's first expedition in Scotland recently took place from Largs thanks to £40,000 funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.



X Factor star and People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador Danyl Johnson took time out of his busy schedule to set sail with the Trust. Danyl made the effort to get to know each child individually and enhance their experience on board as much as possible.



"It's really tough for them and it's really tough hearing about their stories," said Danyl. "But moments like this really make it worthwhile. To look at the kids you wouldn't think that anything is wrong at all. They seem to be really carefree, up for a laugh and we just seem to be hanging out like mates.”



“It's an amazing experience - to be a part of this is kind of life-changing and I just feel really, really happy to be an Ambassador for People's Postcode Lottery and to be working with Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust."



Young cancer patients sometimes suffer from low self-esteem following extended periods of time spent on their own in recovery. Trips like these are a great way of bringing these young people together and giving them the break they need. Working together, these young people are given a lot of responsibilities on board, from cooking for themselves to being in control of the yacht. A nurse travels on each sail to ensure that all the children's medical requirements are taken care of.



The children on Danyl's sail also showed their enthusiasm for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the great work its volunteers do on an everyday basis. "I needed the break really with my pals”, said 15 year old Connor McDowall. "It's been really good so far. You've got your own time and the staff are just amazing."



The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has also received funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery on two other occasions. Funding of over £10,000 helped the Trust purchase a new van to transport service users and a grant of £5,000 previously enabled the charity to buy much-needed oil skins and vests. This funding was awarded by People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving organisation funded entirely by our players.