Young Doncaster cancer survivors take to the sea

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Two young people from Doncaster have taken part in an inspirational sailing trip for those in recovery from cancer.

Adam Jagger and Alicia Clegg joined a team from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust on a four-day yacht adventure around Scotland.

For Adam, who finished cancer treatment in June 2015 at Weston Park Hospital, and Alicia, who finished treatment in October 1999 at Hallamshire Hospital, this was their first time sailing with the Trust.

Adam, aged 24, said: “We got to sail the boat which was really cool. We played a few card games, board games, and there were a fair few get- togethers which were really good.”

Alicia, aged 21, added: “It was absolutely excellent, the skippers and everybody were so nice.”

The pair joined a number of other young people on the trip in Scotland last month.

The boat left the Largs Yacht Haven, navigating the waters of the Firth of Clyde and enjoying various stopovers, including Port Bannatyne on the picturesque Isle of Bute, before allowing the passengers to put their new skills to the test cruising back into Largs.

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.

Sailing aboard 42-48 foot cruising yachts, these young people are able 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.

Now in its 13th year, the Trust has grown into a national charity, working with Principal Treatment Centres all across the country with people aged from eight to 24.

Patron 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 and having fun together.”