Tonight, the Noble Marine Rooster RS400 Nationals are hosting their championship dinner. In true Cornish fashion, there will be a hog roast, live band and Jelberts ice cream!
The RS400s Class Association is also proud to support the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. A talk and fundraising raffle will be held tonight at the championship dinner. There are some great prizes to be won and all proceeds will be going to the charity.
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust – “Sailing is just the vehicle. On the boat some magic happens”
Every day around 12 young people under 25 are diagnosed with cancer. What happens after treatment can be as difficult as the treatment itself. When a young person gets the ‘all clear’ there is an expectation of happiness and a return to ‘normal’. But what is their ‘normal’ now their whole world has changed? The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people aged 8-24 on sailing and outdoor adventures to inspire them to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.
Young people joining the programme for the first time will attend a 4-day sailing trip either on the Isle of Wight or along the Scottish coastline in Largs. The Trust also provides year-one-year support though return trips; consisting of 5-days of sailing from an additional selection of locations across the UK, as well as a choice of outdoor adventure centres in land, for young people without the sailing bug, to choose from.
Sailing is just the vehicle. On the boat some magic happens. Whether it comes from being away from home, meeting others who ‘get it’, standing at the helm and pulling sails on a boat, or simply just feeling able to have fun again, they can start to make sense of the world and their place in it after the devastation of cancer.
Trips and expenses are free of charge, all thanks to the generosity of charity donations. It costs around £650 to take a young person on their first 4-day trip; this amount includes the yacht charter, skipper, berths, transport and food, as well as the summer essentials pack (water bottles, medical supplies, waterproofs, games and suncream).
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust truly makes a transformational difference. The friendships they make, the laughs they have, the acceptance they find, the boundaries they push – each young person discovers what they are capable of and stops feeling like ‘the only one’. The Trust aims to create optimism for the future and helps young people re-establish a place in the world.
You can find out more information about the charity and how to donate here: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust