A Heathfield woman has just completed a four-day yacht adventure.
Freya Voss, 21, took part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, along with 20 other young people between the age of 18-24 recovering from cancer. Freya joined the crew of one of five yachts to sail around the Solent from July 6-9.
For Freya, who finished cancer treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma in August 2012 at the Royal Marsden Hospital, this was her first time sailing with the Trust. She said: “Before I arrived, I was really excited to go sailing as it was something that I’d never done before. It was been even better than I imagined.”
Sailing on board 42-48 foot cruising yachts, Trust trips provide a chance for 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.
Freya went on: “It’s really good to be around other young people who have been through similar illnesses. You get to help each other out, answer any questions and support each other. It’s quite interesting to find out what other people have been through – It makes you feel like you’re not the only one.”
Leaving 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.
Launched 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. Dame Ellen, who tries to spend a day on as many trips as possible, adds: “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.”
In its 12th year the Trust has grown into a national charity taking young people aged from eight-24 who are recovering from cancer on four-day sailing trips. http://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org/
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