Young­sters set sail for city as part of project

South Wales Echo - - NEWS - HELEDD PRITCHARD Re­porter heledd.pritchard@waleson­line.co.uk

A HUN­DRED young can­cer sur­vivors will be sail­ing through Cardiff this year as part of a project un­der­taken by sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur.

The UK-wide project, called Round Bri­tain 2017, is be­ing run by the Ellen MacArthur Can­cer Trust – a char­ity which takes young peo­ple aged be­tween eight and 24 on sail­ing and wa­ter ad­ven­tures to help them re­build their con­fi­dence af­ter can­cer treat­ment.

A to­tal of 100 young peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from can­cer are set to sail around Bri­tain in a re­lay and Cardiff will be one of the main stopovers.

They will set off in May and the jour­ney will end in Septem­ber – with the Cardiff stop tak­ing place at the end of Au­gust.

The crew will also go to can­cer treat­ment cen­tres in some of the towns they visit to meet young peo­ple who are still un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

MacArthur be­came the fastest per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe sin­gle­handed af­ter sail­ing more than 26,000 miles over 71 days on board a 75ft tri­maran, and she was later granted a dame­hood by the Queen.

She ex­plained: “The trust aims to re­build young peo­ple’s con­fi­dence through pos­i­tive, shared ex­pe­ri­ences.

“This chal­lenge will al­low us to ex­tend aware­ness across the coun­try, en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery lo­cal com­mu­nity along the way to get in­volved and make a real dif­fer­ence.

“Ev­ery­one can be­come part of this story by wel­com­ing the crew when they visit your home port. These lo­cal wel­comes, wher­ever you are in the UK, will be a huge part of this ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We would love ev­ery­one to be part of the ad­ven­ture and get in­volved.”

Kevin Bren­nan, Labour MP for Cardiff West, joined the trust at the Houses of Par­lia­ment this week.

He said: “It is great to be here at this won­der­ful launch and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the Ellen MacArthur Can­cer Trust Round Bri­tain 2017 project com­ing to Cardiff in Au­gust – we can’t wait to wel­come them in.”

The trust was also joined by Jo Stevens, MP for Cardiff Cen­tral; An­gle­sey MP Al­bert Owen; Owen Smith, MP for Pon­typridd; and Ger­ald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tyd­fil and Rhym­ney.

ONEDITION

Dame Ellen MacArthur has launched Round Bri­tain 2017, which will see 100 young can­cer sur­vivors sail through Cardiff

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