During June, cyclists from all walks of life are joining forces to undertake the Largs to Cowes 'Brighter Futures' Cycle Challenge for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
When treatment ends, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s work begins, because for many young people, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible. Every pound raised from the cycle challenge will help inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.
A team of riders are taking on this incredible 600 mile challenge between Trust’s bases at Largs Yacht Haven on Scotland’s West Coast to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
600 miles, 8 days, 1 mission - To inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer
Well done, John!
The challenge is split into 8 grueling legs and Largs Yacht Haven's Assistant Manager John Stewart joined in the first day's leg from Largs to Castle Douglas.
Almost 89 miles and over 1,422m of elevation faced John and, to really put the 'challenge' in Largs to Cowes Brighter Futures Cycle Challenge, the entire ride was in sideways lashing rain!
John raised £1000 for the EMCTrust with the event raising almost £25,000.
About the Trust
More than 400 young people have been supported in rebuilding their confidence after cancer by the Trust from their Largs base since it opened in late-2014. Many of these young people have returned to the charity in that time to sail again, building a relationship with the Trust across a number of years and creating lifelong bonds with the people they meet.
Largs is home to two of the Trust’s yachts, both sporting their iconic blue livery. Both boats have been uniquely adapted to accommodate sailors who suffer from physical needs. The Trust's flagship boat, SY Moonspray is a stunning 44ft yacht which celebrated its 30th birthday in 2019 while SY Caledonian Hero is a uniquely adapted Beneteau Oceanis 45ft.