New yacht for Cancer Trust
The Cowes-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust have been handed ownership of their highly anticipated new yacht, which will enable them to better support young people between eight and 24 from the North of England and Scotland particularly those with mobility issues resulting from their cancer treatment.
Dame Ellen MacArthur, who founded the Trust with the aim of rebuilding young people’s confidence in their recovery from cancer, joined Ash Overton of Ancasta, and Head of Charities Clara Govier from People’s Postcode Lottery on the boat at the 2016 Southampton Boat Show to receive the keys.
The purchase was made possible after the Trust received an additional £200,000 at the People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to invest into a yacht. Ellen said: ”It was a big day for the Trust. It’s a step that wouldn’t have been possible without the massive support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Ancasta Group, and Beneteau. A magnificent job really has been done”.
This was an important purchase for the Trust and the young people it supports, as it will improve the quality of the experience for those with mobility issues. The Trust supports a number of young people who have suffered from brain tumours and sarcomas, treatment of which affects their co-ordination, balance or may result in an amputation, limiting their ability to move around a boat.
The yacht will now make its way up to the Largs base in Scotland where it will join the Trust’s operations ready to start the sailing season in spring, 2017.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national organisation set up 13 years ago by Dame Ellen to give young people in recovery from cancer the opportunity to take part in sailing trips to rebuild their confidence. It receives no Government funding and relies entirely on voluntary donations to provide free sailing trips to the young people.