Ten-year-old marks recovery from cancer with sailing trip

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A ten-year-old girl from Pevensey who is in recovery from cancer has taken part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Skye Murray finished cancer treatment in February 2012 for a Metastatic Wilms Tumour with Lung Metastases at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

She joined the crew of one of five yachts, with 25 other young people between the age of 8-18 in recovery from cancer, to sail around the Solent on the south coast from July 27-30, in a four-day yacht adventure.

Skye, who had never been sailing before, said: “The only thing I missed was TV – but we made loads of friends and played a lot. It was the best fun I have had so far in my life.”

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

Skye added: “I haven’t found anyone who had the same cancer as me but it was interesting to meet other people who have had similar experiences.

“When I am older, I really want to come back and volunteer for the trust.”

Departing from their south coast HQ in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight on Monday, the trip navigated the waters of the Solent, which took them to various stopovers including Yarmouth Harbour and the picturesque bay of Newtown Creek for a barbecue, before putting their new skills to the test cruising back into Cowes.

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