YOUNG people living through and beyond cancer will be supported in person again by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust this year as the Trust reveals its plans for 2021 today.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that inspires young people aged 8-24 to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer through sailing and outdoor activity. When treatment ends, the Trust’s work begins, as for many young people, picking up from where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.
After COVID prevented young people from enjoying any Trust trips last year, the charity – founded by history-making round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur – is now looking forward to a brighter summer with a best-case scenario plan to welcome young people on sailing and outdoor activity trips across the UK between July and September.
Frank Fletcher, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust CEO, said:
“We’ve said it so many times in the past year; young people living through and beyond cancer need us more than ever. COVID has massively amplified the isolation, loneliness and anxiety experienced by young people with cancer.
“Bringing them back together is the best way we can make a difference. But it must be safe. Exploring how to do that has been our sole focus this winter, and while we can’t eliminate all COVID-risk, we can minimise it and have revised our safety procedures and risk management measures for all trips.
“Nothing would make me happier than the Trust supporting young people in person again this summer. We now believe we can safely make that happen. That’s why I’m so happy to share our hopes for a summer that will look a bit different to usual, but which gives young people the support they need right now.”
New regional Taste of the Trust days, at 10 coastal and inland venues across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Welsh borders, will introduce new young people to the Trust in 2021, with the aim of inspiring them to join a traditional full four-day Trust sailing trip in the future. There will also be week-long sailing and outdoor activity trips on offer for young people who sailed with the Trust before COVID.
The past year has taught everyone it is impossible to be 100% certain about anything. The support the Trust can provide will ultimately be based on whether the ability to keep young people safe is impacted by a deterioration in the COVID situation and/or tightening of restrictions across the country.
It also means, unfortunately, the Trust won’t be able to support some young people this year, including those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. Anyone who can’t join on medical grounds or who isn’t confident to attend this year will be invited again in 2022.
Testing and temperature checking are central to the extra COVID safety measures the Trust will employ, while social distancing and mask-wearing will be in line with current advice at the time. Rigorous sanitation standards will be in place on all trips, and anyone aged 18+ who will be in contact with young people must be two weeks post-vaccination unless medically exempt.
“We want to be back supporting young people in person so much and really hope we can. For now, I hope everyone can now look forward to and feel as excited as we are about the prospect of a brighter summer ahead. We can’t wait to see everyone again.”
For more information, please visit: ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org or follow @emctrust across social media.