Ellen announces Round Britain challenge

The confidence-building project offers young people recovering from cancer the opportunity to sail around the UK. Running from May to September, it will involve around 100 young people aged from eight to 24.

Cities taking part in the project include Cowes, Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, Plymouth, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Hull, London and Southampton, and organisers are keen to get local communities involved.

In addition to local sailing clubs along the route, crewmembers will visit cancer treatment centres where they’ll meet young people still in recovery.

Dame Ellen said: “Round Britain is about a lot more than sailing. It is about rebuilding the confidence, self-belief and independence of those involved – bringing back in to focus positive options which have been unimaginable during treatment.”

She added that she hoped the trip would “highlight just how incredible and courageous these young people are”, and raise the profile of the charity.