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 South East, like Georgie.
Georgie, 25, from Kent, was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
She went through her teenage years with severe fatigue. At 20, Georgie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and after treatment, has since been coping with skin cancers. Goergie joined our Pilot trip this month, and wrote to us afterwards…
Georgie contacted the Trust independently after she heard we may be working with an older age group this year, and we were delighted that she was able to join our Pilot trip. After her four days of sailing she wrote to us to let us know what the trip had meant to her.
“Firstly I wanted to write to say thank you SO much for the FANTASTIC sailing trip to the Isle of Wight and the opportunity to be a part of an incredible and very special week.
I was on the 18- 24’s trip and I had such a great time. It was so special to meet other young people my age, who had and are going through similar experiences to me.
I first got ill when I was 10 with a brain tumour and the friends I made during my treatment very sadly didn’t make it, so I felt very alone in the cancer world. I got ill again when I was 20 with thyroid cancer, and since then have been struggling with other skin cancers too.Over the 15 years it has been a daily struggle with chronic fatigue symptoms and other long-term effects from my treatment.
The week was so inspiring and helpful to meet other young people who ‘just knew’ without you having to say anything. I was on the Gull with Dan Monk (young Dan!) as our skipper and such a lovely crew. We all got on so well and everyone helped each other and we had lots of laughs and fun! We also had some very real chats and shared our stories. I got a bit sad at one point just thinking of all these amazing young people who have overcome so much and are battling with such a ‘horrid’ disease ( I would have liked to of said something worse there! ).
The sailing was BRILLIANT, I have done a little bit in the past but nothing like this! My favourite part was turning the engine off and just cruising along with a gentle wind and some sunshine and being part of a boat full of the most inspiring and courageous people ( or should I say crew?).
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is such an AMAZING organisation, thank you so much again, please let me know if you need volunteers for anything. I would LOVE to be included.”
Anonymous £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
10.09.13 To mum
Tabitha Smedley £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)
01.06.13 Sailing makes people leave there troubles behind. from GYC member