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Preston boy completes inspirational four-day sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Posted on - 29th September, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities

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Ten-year-old Daniel Ebden, from Preston, has taken part in an inspirational four-day sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Daniel sailed on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland this August along with a number of young people in recovery from cancer.

After finishing treatment in March 2015 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for a Wilm’s Tumour, this was the first time Daniel has ever set sail with the Trust.

He said: “I’ve been sailing once or twice before, I found out about the trip from the hospital who told my mum, she looked it up on the website and I said yes go for it.”

Sailing with the Trust provides trips for young people offering them the chance to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment, encouraging them to work as a team and get involved in everything from helming the 42-48 foot yachts to cooking.

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The trip took place from the Trust’s Scottish base in Largs Yacht Haven with the young people navigating the waters and enjoyed various stops including Port Bannatyne on the picturesque Isle of Bute, before putting their new skills to the test and cruising back into Largs.

He said: “We sailed around some little islands, slept on the boat and had a go at steering, I steered quite a lot.

Daniel said his favourite part of the adventure was the waterfight and sailing the boat.

The Ellen MacAurthur Cancer Trust, which launched in 2003 by renowned yachtswomen Ellen MacArthur, is now in its 13th year and gives young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

Dame Ellen said: “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.”

You can find out how to support the Trust by visiting www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org

What do you think about Daniel’s four-day sailing adventure? Let us know in the comments below.

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