A year and a half ago, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (EMCT) proposed a bold three year plan to double the number of young people which it works with, and the charity is on track to reach that fantastic goal. This success is only possible thanks to the long-term support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, who have pledged to raise an amazing £1 Million for the charity over ten years.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust works with young people from all over the UK aged 8 to 24 and uses sailing to help them rebuild their confidence during recovery from cancer. Studies into the psychological effects of cancer in children highlight how important positive personal relationships are in coping with cancer.
The charity's three year plan has pledged that they will increase the number of young people they work with from 353 in 2013 to 780 in 2016. With this rise, by 2016, the Trust hopes to be working with over 14% of all young people in recovery from cancer in the UK.
Founder Dame Ellen MacArthur explains, "We currently work with 8.1% of the young people we could help in the UK, but with the support from the players of People's Postcode Lottery, along with the continued support and dedication of our fundraisers, we are growing year on year."
Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery has been integral to the expansion of EMCT's operations and provided major support during the set up of their new base in Scotland.
CEO of EMCT, Frank Fletcher explains the importance of growing the Trust. “The support of players of People's Postcode Lottery has allowed us to put into motion our ambitious plan to double the number of young people in recovery from cancer we take sailing. With a new hub based in Largs, Scotland now open, the Trust will become increasingly accessible, allowing even more Scottish young people in recovery from cancer to experience the benefits of sailing with the Trust.”
This year, for the first time, the Trust plans to run the same number of sailing trips out of the base in Largs as they do out of Cowes, Isle of Wight. Another notable first for the Trust was celebrated recently, with the first ever Graduate Volunteer Training week run out of the base in Largs from 13th to 17th April.