Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
When the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust approached Ancasta to help find and develop a yacht to make sailing more accessible for young people living through and beyond cancer, no-one imagined quite how big an impact that would have.
Here is the latest on how young lives are being transformed by the Trust’s flagship Beneteau Oceanis 45s; the ‘Heroes.’
MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people sailing and on outdoor adventures to inspire them to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer. For many young people, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible. So, when treatment ends, the Trust’s work begins. The Trust gives young people the environment to have fun, push their boundaries, and stop feeling like ‘the only one’. They feel more accepted, independent, and optimistic and can start to rediscover their purpose and place in the world.
2022 was a magical year for the Trust. After the pandemic scuppered any sailing in 2020, the Trust ran a limited programme in 2021. 2022 was about getting back to normal while still living with COVID. Altogether 36 sailing and outdoor adventure trips were run across the UK, with 266 young people sailing with the Trust for the first time from the charity’s two homes in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Largs on Scotland’s west coast. In addition, 226 young people who had previously sailed with the Trust returned for new adventures.
One of these was Josh, who took part in June’s Round the Island Race. Josh first sailed with the Trust in 2018 after treatment for synovial sarcoma - a soft tissue tumour, which he was diagnosed with just before his 20th birthday. This was his third sailing adventure, and for the first time, he got to sail alongside Dame Ellen MacArthur herself Josh said:
“Being with the Trust made me realise how some limitations are now advantages. If I can sail, I can probably try this or do that, it really helps you to push your boundaries.”
For more information visit ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org