Published: Friday, 25 July 2014

Announced as the official charity of the Clipper 2013-14 Race in October of 2012, over £23,000 has been raised for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust during the 40, 000 mile challenge.

Set up by legendary yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Trust works with young people’s primary cancer care unit in the UK and gives young people between 8-24 in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

The money has been raised by a number of supporters, including individual crewmembers, the teams, individual skippers, members of the public and sponsors OneDLL and PSP Logistic, and will enable the Trust to take an additional 43 young people in recovery from cancer on a four-day sailing trip.

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During the 11-month long adventure crossing the world’s oceans, two ambassadors for the Trust were selected to take part in the first and final stages of the race on board the GREAT Britain entry, to help raise the profile of the Trust while raising money for the charity that helped them in their time of need.

Kirstie Reid, 21, was 16 when she was diagnosed with Biphasic Synovial Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that formed in the joint of her left shoulder.

“I really enjoyed the offshore racing and hope to get some more experience and look for job opportunities in sailing which has stemmed from sailing with the Trust and that’s why I wanted to take part in the Clipper Race," Reid says. "It has been a great experience for me.”

Clipper Race Raises 23000 For Youth Cancer Charity

Lucie Carrington, 25, was 15 when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer in her left arm.

“The Clipper Race experience was amazing; I loved every minute of it. I didn’t think I would but it was incredible and all I want to do now is get back on a boat,” Carrington says. “I don’t feel defined by my illness anymore and I have so much more confidence now.”