The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national organisation that gives young people between the ages of 8-18 who have suffered from cancer and leukaemia the opportunity to take part in the new and fantastic experience of sailing. The majority of our young people are off treatment and in recovery from cancer and leukaemia. These young people are recruited by our contact (usually a nurse or social worker) at the hospital or group we work with, as they are more involved with the young people at the hospitals and so aware of who would benefit the most from the trip. The young people can continue to sail with the Trust up until their 18th birthday or remission date. Often the young people that sail with us have spent long periods of time in hospital and can be suffering from low self-esteem on top of missing out on large chunks of their childhood. Studies into the psychological effects of cancer in children highlight how important positive personal relationships with others are in facilitating coping with cancer. They also state how difficult it is for the children (especially teens) to establish independence and a sense of control over their lives and maintain a sense of personal worth. The emphasis of our trips is on teamwork and fun, with sailing as the perfect catalyst. Sailing offers a new experience in a small and intimate environment, which gives the young people the space to assert themselves without the chance of getting lost in the group. These independent studies into the psychological effects of cancer in children and the values of sail training for young people highlight the long term positive impact the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trips can have on the challenges that children with cancer and leukaemia face. “Jay returned full of confidence, chat, and knowledge of sailing. Jay had ‘life’ back in his eyes. He enjoyed the whole experience"
28 January 2013
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The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national organisation that gives young people between the ages of 8-24 who have suffered from cancer the opportunity to take part in the new and fantastic experience of sailing.
Use this page to help us support a young person from the East Midlands, like Larvell.
Larvell, from Nottingham, was 10 when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He spent a lot of time in hospital and missed over two years of school. During this time his hair fell out, he gained weight and lost a lot of confidence.
Larvell first sailed with the Trust in 2005. “I had never thought about sailing before, but I enjoyed it a lot, and could talk about anything with the others on my trip.” He didn’t look back, and has returned every year since.
In 2009 Larvell sailed in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race where he was introduced to the former Head of UK business at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. A huge advocate of the Trust, he was so impressed by Larvell’s outlook and positive attitude that he offered him an internship with the company, beginning in 2010.
Since Larvell first stepped onboard with the Trust, his Mum has seen him transform from a shy retiring boy into a more confident and independent young man: “Being on a low income and living in Nottingham, sailing was an experience I could never have given him. Larvell is fairly quiet and doesn’t go out much, but has travelled the length of the country on a train by himself to go sailing with the Trust. It has given him much more confidence, and taught him to see the ability inside him. Something good has come out of something bad, and I’m very proud of him.”
With first hand experience of how the Trust can benefit young people, Larvell can’t wait to return as a volunteer in the future….
Larvell’s story above first appeared in Issue 1 of our Newsletter ‘Inspire’, and since then, Larvell has returned to take part in our graduate volunteer training week, and helped on three trips in the summer of 2010.
He is now working towards a Marine Studies degree at University. Larvell took part in the Bupa Great South Run for the Trust at the end of 2010, saying, “I’d never done anything like this before. I was extremely unfit and couldn’t even run a mile without stopping!” he admits. “But I wanted to raise funds for the charity I love, which has helped me and a lot of my friends, so I put a lot of effort in my training. It paid off and I finished in 1 hour 26 minutes, beating my original goal of two hours by 34 minutes! I really enjoyed it, once again I have the Trust to thank for getting me into another sport, it gives me a lot of motivation and all the people involved are very inspirational.”
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01.03.13 Good luck to the EMCT!