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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust finds new home

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in Largs

14 July 2014

Largs Yacht Haven is pleased to welcome the Ellen MacArthur Trust to the marina.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust will set sail this July from their new base at Largs Yacht Haven. The trust officially published the following statement.

Throughout July the Trust will run four five day sailing adventures taking 76 young people in recovery from cancer sailing. The trips will navigate the waters of the Firth of Clyde making various stopovers, including Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute, before sailing on to the National Sailing Centre at Great Cumbrae and back to Largs, giving young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

Situated in sheltered waters with picturesque island ports as near as half an hour's sail from the marina, Largs Yacht Haven is an ideal base for an introduction to sailing. Taking part in the first trip to sail from the new Scottish base this summer, Amy Quinn (21) from Glasgow, who finished treatment in June 2013 for ovarian serous carcinoma, explains why the Trust trips are so important: "This is my second trip with the Trust and its been really exciting to come back and learn a bit more about sailing. It's so important to meet other people who know what you have been through, to be able to talk about it all. The trips are just the best thing ever and it's so exciting that more people will have the opportunity to experience it."

This is the second year the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has run a sailing programme in Largs. However thanks to the Largs Yacht Haven and the players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery the summer of 2014 is a landmark, as the Trust opens the doors to their own office. Director for Largs Yacht Haven Carolyn Elder explains why Largs is the ideal place for the new Scottish base: "We are delighted to be working with the Trust, as a company we are continually supporting operations who can benefit from sailing and of course we are proud to be working in association with yachting's great heroine, Ellen MacArthur. We have developed Largs Yacht Haven into a fully serviced yachting centre and having businesses like Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust choose Largs can only enhance our reputation for quality, facilities and service."

In their 11th year, the Trust has grown beyond every expectation into a national charity. Working with every young person Principal Treatment Centre and a growing number of designated units in the UK, the expansion of their operation from the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England to Largs, Scotland comes as part of a three-year plan to double the number of young people they take sailing.

Thanks to the long-term support of the players of the People's Postcode Lottery who pledge to donate an amazing £1 million over the next ten years the Trust will keep investing and developing the base in Largs until they are able to run a full summer programme from April - September taking a further 200 young people sailing per year. There are many ways you can support the Trust with your time, money or services. To become a Friend of the Trust and help them to continue to provide support and encouragement to young people in recovery from cancer, visit www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org