Youngsters set sail for city as part of project
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.
Dame Ellen MacArthur has launched Round Britain 2017, which will see 100 young cancer survivors sail through Cardiff