Cancer survival rates are increasing, which is fantastic news, but it also means that more young people in recovery from cancer need help. Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust's goal has always been to rebuild confidence after cancer, using sailing to empower, inspire, and support young people. The trust focuses on those aged between 8 and 24, helping them imagine a future they didn't think possible.
The trust begins this process by re-establishing peer relationships and providing mutual support amongst young people. Participating in activities is one of the key steps to starting recovery.
With the amazing support of players of People 's Postcode Lottery, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been able to purchase two yachts: Caledonian Hero, which operates from their Northern base in Largs, and Solent Hero, from their Southern base in Cowes. Both yachts are now in place and ready for their trips this year. These specially-adapted boats will have a huge impact for young people, especially those with mobility issues, following treatment for cancer.
When player funding began for the trust in 2009, a total of 219 young people were being supported on sailing trips. With the £500,000 funding boost received from players this year, the trust has been able to increase the number places available to young people to 640, as well as purchase their second yacht.
Beyond these first trips following the end of treatment, the trust provides programmes that enable the longer-term support that many young people need.
Noah is a 14-year-old who has benefited from the support of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. His mother expressed her gratitude to the trust. "Massive thank you again for creating confidence-building opportunities for kids like Noah. The results of your hard work are always noticeable, and we've so far been able to sense a real progression in him on many levels - such as independence, leadership skills, social interaction, and maturity. Keep up your amazing life-enhancing work!"