KINROSS teenager Esme Macintyre will once again take to the waves alongside round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur next Saturday.
Esme is one of 25 young people gearing up to take part in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, a 50-mile sailing sprint around the Isle of Wight.
The 17-year-old will be part of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust team for the second year in a row.
The trust aims to inspire young people who are recovering from cancer or leukaemia — including Esme, who has battled courageously against a type of brain tumour known as medulloblastoma.
She spent three months undergoing treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in 2007, when she was just 11, before spending a year in a wheelchair.
On Saturday, June 30, Esme and the trust team will line up alongside 1700 other boats in the race, which has become Britain’s third biggest sporting participation event.
Esme has helped raise money for a number of cancer charities since her illness.
After hearing about the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, she knew she wanted to get involved.
She said: “I had sailed a little bit before, and found it was something I could still do.
“On the first trip I went on everyone was so friendly, I felt like I fitted in and was more comfortable talking to people because they understood.
“There was such a nice atmosphere.
“I am still struggling, but the fact that I can have fun times like on trips with the trust keeps me going.”
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people aged eight to 24 who are recovering from cancer on sailing trips throughout the summer.
These trips can rebuild the confidence often lost through long periods in hospital, giving the young people a chance to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
People can support Esme’s fundraising efforts through the trust’s ‘Buy a Mile’ scheme.
n For more information, visit www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org