Barnsley woman joins Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

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A Barnsley woman joined a group of cancer survivors at a four-day activity session for those recovering from the disease.

Stacey Priest, aged 23, went to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to take part sessions including sailing, canoeing, cycling, archery and power-kiting in Essex with 15 other young people from around the UK in recovery from cancer.

Stacey, who finished treatment at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital for an ovarian germ cell tumour in November, said: “I was thrilled to be invited on a return trip with the trust, last year it helped me with my communication skills and meeting new people.

“All of the activities were really fun, I enjoyed everything. It is brilliant to spend time with other young people who have had similar experiences to me.

“Hearing what people have had and what they have had to go through compared to me is interesting.”

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

Dame Ellen, who tries to spend at least one day with every four-day trip over the summer, added: “The mental and social fall-out from cancer can be just as devastating as the physical illness.

“Everything we do is about building confidence, self-esteem and having fun together.”