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Shipley cancer patient's 'inspirational' sailing trip
2:40pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A young Shipley man recovering from cancer has taken part in an inspirational sailing trip run by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
Liam Clarke, 24, joined the crew of one of five yachts to sail around the Solent in a four-day adventure.
Mr Clarke, who finished treatment in November for pilocytic astrocytoma – a type of brain cancer – at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, was joined by three other young people on board their boat, Scarlet Oyster.
And he said it was an amazing experience which had whetted his appetite for more: “The trip was great it was really interesting learning to sail and being at the helm of the boat.
“We were taken out on the speed boats around the Needles lighthouse and that was amazing fun.
“It has definitely helped me become independent and introduced me to a lot of new friends.
“I’d love to come back!”
Sailing onboard 42-48 foot cruising yachts, the trips provide a chance for the young people to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment, encouraged to work as a team and involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.
Yachting superstar Dame Ellen MacArthur joined the young people for a tour of the Yarmouth Lifeboat and explained the impact the trips have. “These young people are truly amazing. They face experiences that no child should ever have to go through, and yet they do it with the biggest smile on their faces, they are truly inspiring.”
Formed 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.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the trust has grown beyond every expectation into a national charity, working with every young person’s primary cancer care unit in the UK.
To become a Friend of the Trust and help them to continue to provide support and encouragement to young people in recovery from cancer visit, ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org.