The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust have began their most ambitious project in their 14 year history as their 44ft SY Moonspray departed on Saturday at Largs Yacht Haven on a 2400 mile Round Britain adventure.
A flotilla of yachts led moonspray out of the marina providing a spectacular sight as friends and family waved from the shoreside.
The Round Britain trip is a celebration of recovery, achievement and potential as it brings together the past, present and future young people and volunteers the Trust work with. As part of this, the crew will be engaging with local hospitals with the aim of establishing a positive outlook for the futures of young people still undergoing treatment for cancer.
Dame Ellen MacArthur said: “The charity is an extraordinary charity - the goal of the trust is to take young people when they have finished their treatment and re-build their confidence. It is incredibly hard - when you are young you are thrown into a completely different world, having to go to hospital, and when you are treated, you try and get on with your life but you don’t have a life as it has been turned upside down, and that is where we come in.
“ A young person can arrive with very little confidence and can leave the most gregarious outgoing person. The sailing trips are all about fun and getting the most out of every single moment of every single day. Being on a boat provides a magic atmosphere which really transforms the young people. Round Britain 2017 is an incredibly special event for us and promotes the work of the trust around the country and see what this is all about. It is basically a massive relay, but a relay with an adventure that a young person will play a part in and achieve something very special. These young people are amazing and among the most inspirational people you could ever meet.”
The Round UK sailing trip ends in September at Largs Yacht Haven where the Scottish base of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is based.
For more information, visit www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org