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Halesowen woman sets sail with Dame Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
1:23pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
DAME Ellen MacArthur invited a young Halesowen woman in recovery from cancer to sail around the Solent.
Charlotte Stearman, aged 24, joined 19 other young people recovering from cancer to man one of five yachts which set sail for a four day adventure.
Charlotte, who is still being treated for a brain tumour at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “The weather was glorious so it was a really enjoyable trip.
“We’ve learnt a lot about sailing and how to tack and gybe and how the ropes control the power in the sails.“ She added: “It was very relaxing, everyone on the boats gels well together even though they have never met before because everyone has been through treatment.
“Even though many of us are at different stages of the process, cancer isn’t a big deal or a taboo.
“It’s nice to get to know people and as a team work together to learn new skills in how to sail the boat.”
Dame Ellen MacArthur joined the young people to explain the work her cancer trust undertakes.
She said: “These young people are truly amazing. They face experiences that no child should ever have to go through, and yet they do it with the biggest smile on their faces, they are truly inspiring.”
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.
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