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More young people will be supported in rebuilding their lives with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust thanks to a £450,000 award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery – an award that celebrates a 10-year funding partnership between the two.

Since 2010, players of people’s Postcode Lottery have awarded more than £2,825,818 to support, inspire and empower young people aged 8 – 24 to embrace their future with optimism after cancer through sailing and other UK-wide adventure activities with Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

In this time, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has become a national charity, working with every young person’s principal treatment centre, and a growing number of designated units, in the UK. Last year, 649 young people from across the UK were supported in their recovery from cancer by the Trust.

Frank Fletcher, CEO, said: “The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery is crucial to so many young people in directly helping them rebuild their lives after cancer.

“For many young people, picking up from where they left off before cancer just is not possible. That is why, when treatment ends our work begins. This new award will ensure even more young people who need support in recovery will be able to rebuild their confidence and start to feel positive about their future again. We cannot thank players enough.”

It was support of players which, in 2013, enabled double the number of young people to be supported by funding the expansion of the Trust’s operations from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to opening another base in Largs on Scotland’s West Coast.

In addition, the Trust supports a number of young people who have been treated for brain tumours and sarcomas, which can affect their coordination, balance or result in an amputation. Again, thanks to players, the Trust was able to invest in two specially-adapted yachts – one in Cowes and one in Largs – which improve accessibility and the trip experience for those with mobility issues.

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