IT’S been a life on the ocean wave just lately for this brave teenager from land-locked Sheffield.
Cancer survivor Ellie Phillips, aged 14, from Woodhouse Mill, has been taking part in a unique and life changing opportunity - sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
The Trust aims to inspire young people’s cancer recovery through sailing.
And Ellie was one of 27 young people aged eight to 17 in recovery from cancer and leukaemia who took charge of four yachts around the Solent waters off the Isle of Wight.
Ellie, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in July last year was treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
And she got to meet top sailor Ellen MacArthur, the trust’s founder.
After the trip Ellie said: “This is my first time sailing.
“Before the trip I was a bit scared of being on a boat for the first time and not really knowing anyone.
“But it’s been amazing because you meet loads of new people with different experiences of treatment.
“If someone was offered the trip I would tell them to go for it, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national organisation which takes people aged eight to 24 sailing to help them regain confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer and other serious illness.
Launched in 2003 by Dame Ellen MacArthur, the trust’s main activity is taking young people on four-day sailing trips.
Each participant helps sail the yachts and is encouraged to work as part of a team by getting involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.
The group set sail from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and the young people spent three nights sleeping on board the boats.
Dame Ellen MacArthur, from Derbyshire, said: “These young people are truly amazing. They face experiences that no one should ever have to go through, and yet they do it with the biggest smile on their faces, they are truly inspiring.”