A teenager recovering from cancer enjoyed a four-day sports adventure thanks to the support of two charities.
Charlie Robinson, 15, from Gosport, joined the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for an inspirational four-day trip including sailing, canoeing, high ropes, cycling, archery and power-kiting at the Essex Outdoors Centre in Bradwell thanks to the help of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Charlie, who finished cancer treatment in June 2011 for Adenoid cystic carcinoma at Southampton General Hospital, was joined by 23 other young people from around the UK in recovery from cancer.
Having first sailed with the trust in 2012, Charlie said: ‘The best part of the trip has been meeting new people and experiencing new things.
‘I’ve had a great time. You feel more comfortable, because everyone is here for the same reasons. After a while, you forget why you are here and just enjoy yourself, really.’
Young people between the ages of eight and 18 participated in a range of water and land-based activities to help build their confidence after finishing cancer treatment.
The trip is part of the trust’s return-to-sail programme, aimed at building long-term relationships with the young people in recovery from cancer who sail with the trust.
Having been a key supporter for more than four years, players of People’s Postcode Lottery are integral to the trust’s ability to offer return-to-sail trips, plan for the future and support the young people for as long as required.
Launched in 2003, the aim of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is to give young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.
Dame Ellen added: ‘The mental and social fall-out from cancer can be just as devastating as the physical illness. Everything we do is about building confidence, self-esteem and having fun together.’
The trust invites young people between the ages of eight to 17 back each year for various return-to-sail activities.