Cancer survivor David Jones was one of a 19-strong crew to take a five-day yachting adventure off the south coast.
The 26-year old from Doncaster, along with the rest of the crew he joined, is in recovery from cancer.
This inspirational sailing trip, run by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, was a positive, team-building exercise,
David’s was one of four yachts, and it was his third time sailing with the Trust.
David has finished his treatment for testicular cancer at Weston Park Hospital.
He said: “I enjoyed everything about the trip. It’s great speaking to people who have been through the same conditions. We realise we are not alone in this situation...there’s so much positivity!”
The Trust runs a ‘Return to Sail’ programme, aimed at building long term relationships between the Trust and the young people they support, Friendships develop between the young people involved and last in to the future.
The trips also provide a chance for crew members 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 for everyone.
David added: “Ellen MacArthur is great for what she’s done for young people with cancer. I’d tell anyone else to take the opportunity – it’s a great team confidence building exercise.”
Departing from their south coast base in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight, the trip navigated the waters of the Solent, which took them to stopovers including Beaulieu, Poole and the picturesque harbour of Lymington for a barbecue. They put their sailing and navigational skills to the test on their return to Cowes.
Now in its 13th year, the Trust is working with every young person Principal Treatment Centre and a growing number of designated units in the UK.
It invites young people aged eight to 17 back each year for ‘return to sail’ activities. Those over 18 years are invited twice more, then can become a volunteer. Find out how you can support the Trust and help young people at www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org