Youngsters from the Ellen MacArthur Trust, with Dame Ellen.
MORE young people in recovery from cancer and leukaemia look set to benefit from ambitious plans announced by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
The Island-based charity, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, plans to double the number of young people who sail with it over the next three years, from 353 in 2013 to 780 in 2016.
Help to kickstart the trust’s ambitious vision will come from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who are supporting the charity with £100,000 of funding.
It marks the start of long-term support and will see the trust receive £1 million over the next ten years.
Dame Ellen MacArthur said: "Thanks to the amazing team at the cancer trust, our first decade has been quite extraordinary.
"Through developing long-term relationships with the young people we have worked with, some from as many as ten years ago, we see incredible young people return to our trips.
"They are great role models and not only inspire me personally but they are a huge inspiration to the hundreds of young people we work with for the first time each year."
Launched in 2003, the aim of the trust is to give young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.
It has grown into a national charity and works with every young person’s primary cancer care unit in the UK.
The trust, which receives no government funding and does not charge fees, plans to enhance those relationships as well as invest in staff and volunteers to help get more young people out on the water.
For more information visit www.ellenmacarthurcancetrust.org