Sail 4 Cancer – Grant Support Update
Obtaining a grant from Paddle Round the Pier meant we were able to provide a Sailing weekend for young people, who are in remission or recovering from cancer.
Sail 4 Cancer offered these young people a three-day sailing weekend with youngsters of the same age. Participants brought a friend or sibling along to help to ‘break the ice’. The weekend offered the opportunities to learn water skills, improve their social skills, build confidence and form supportive friendships, gain independence away from their family, learn teamwork and leadership, and have some carefree fun after months or even years of treatment and hospital stays; all in the company of others who understand what they have been through!
The weekend sailing break enables Sail 4 Cancer to change lives, outlooks and even pathways to allow our young people to live more abundant and fuller lives but this kind of break would be beyond the financial reach of the families of the young people that we help due to the inevitable loss of earnings caused by taking time off for treatment, finding travel costs and sometimes needing to spend money to modify their surroundings.
“After the most awful time of my life Sail 4 Cancer has helped me do things I could only dream of. I have met and made friends with others that have been through the same as me. It has helped regain my confidence.”
“The weekend boosted my confidence and allowed me to discover the world of sailing. Being able to make new friends, be independent and to forget about the struggle of illness for even for those few days makes a big difference.”
“Had one of the most enjoyable weekends of my life and I’ll be looking to do more sailing again due to this experience.”
“Trips like these help you to meet people going through the same thing and it makes you feel more confident in yourself again.”
Thank you to everyone involved with Paddle Round The Pier for creating memories for people affected by Cancer.