BRAVE Chester teenager Hannah Jones celebrated her 17th birthday with world famous yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.
The Christleton High School sixth-former, who finished treatment at Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital for anaplastic astrocytoma, a form of brain tumour, in October 2009, was on a trip in and around the Solent, off the Isle of Wight, with the Ellen MacArthur Trust.
Hannah took charge of a yacht with the trust, which takes young people in recovery from cancer and leukaemia sailing on four-day trips, onboard 38-48ft cruising yachts.
Hannah said: “It has been fab, we’ve done so much and everyone has been up for a good time. I have had such an amazing week. I have met loads of great people; we have already arranged a reunion! I feel really privileged to have been involved in the trip.”
She continued. “Everyone came out in a big crowd and I didn’t know what they were doing but they had bought me a cake and all sang happy birthday! We were on the beach, and it was perfect.”
The first day was spent at the trust’s operational base, UKSA, in Cowes where the young people got to know each other.
On the second day the boats headed out into the Solent for a day’s sailing and then moored up in Yarmouth harbour.
Day three saw the 26 youngsters on the trip sail towards nature reserve Newtown Creek where Dame Ellen joined them for a barbecue
She said, “These children 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.”
To support the trust visit www.ellenmacarthurtrust.org.