Round Britain 2017 is being run by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, a national charity which takes young people aged between eight and 24 from across the UK on sailing and other water-based adventures to help them rebuild their confidence after cancer treatment.
It has been confirmed Cowes will be one of the voyage’s main stopovers in early August, coinciding with Cowes Week.
Since the Trust’s inception 14 years ago, it now annually supports over 520 young people from across the UK. However, for every one young person the Trust can support there are nine they cannot yet help. The aim of Round Britain 2017 is to continue to build awareness of the Trust and the work it does, to extend support to more young people in recovery from cancer.
From May to September the voyage will visit towns and ports across the UK where the crew, many sailing in their local area, will take part in events and activities. Where possible the crew will also visit local cancer treatment centres to meet those still undergoing treatment to bring back into focus positive options for their futures. At every stage during Round Britain 2017 the Trust will be inviting local communities to be part of the adventure.
Dame Ellen MacArthur said:
“The Trust aims to rebuild young people’s confidence through positive, shared experiences. This challenge will allow us to extend awareness across the country, encouraging every local community along the way to get involved and make a real difference. Everyone can become part of this story by welcoming the crew when they visit your home port.
“These local welcomes, wherever you are in the UK, will be a huge part of this experience. We would love everyone to be part of the adventure and get involved. To ensure we can reach more young people who need support in the future, please share our story.”
Jessica Cunningham, 22, who finished cancer treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma in January 2016 , joined Ellen MacArthur in welcoming MPs from across the country, including the Island’s MP Andrew Turner.
Jessica, who is hoping to join the Round Britain project on Leg 10 (London to Cowes), highlighted what she was most looking forward to:
“I’m most looking forward to improving my sailing knowledge whilst meeting new people and having the opportunity to try a new challenge!”
To find out more about Round Britain 2017, visit www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org/round-britain-2017/.