A Girvan teenager who is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia recently took part in an inspirational sailing trip on the Firth of Clyde.
Tony Moore, 18, is receiving maintenance treatment for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) at Yorkhill Sick Children’s Hospital but was fortunate enough to join the crew of one of the Ellen McArthur Trust yachts on the Clyde from June 29- July 3 alongside 14 other young people recovering from cancer.
This was Tony’s second time sailing with the trust and he said: “It is good to spend time with other young people who have been through similar situations because you get to find out how they got through it. Together you know it will get better.
“If someone was considering coming on the trip I would tell them to jump into it – you will learn something new everyday. I had never cooked spag bol before but I made it and it was good!”
Sailing onboard 42-48 foot cruising yachts, the Trust trips provide a chance for the 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.
During the trips, the Trust fleet navigates the waters of the Firth of Clyde, making various stopovers including Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute, the National Sailing Centre at Great Cumbrae and back to Largs, giving the young people the opportunity to test their new skills on the water.
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.”