This is the Limavady woman who has just taken part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen McArthur Trust.
Emma Mullan (18) who has just finished treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia sailed with 11 other young people between the age of 18 -24 in recovery from cancer.
Emma who joined the crew of one of four yachts, set sail from the Trust’s new base in Largs (7 – 10 July), in a five-day yacht adventure.
This was Emma’s first time sailing with the Trust and she said she was a little nervous about the trip.
“I really didn’t know what to expect, it was my first time sailing and it was all new to me,” she said.
Sailing onboard 42- 48 foot cruising yachts, the trips provide a chance for the young people to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment, encouraging them to work as a team and get involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.
Emma said: “We learned about parts of the boat, got involved in the winching and setting the sails, but steering the boat was easily my favourite part. ”
The trip navigated the waters of the Firth of Clyde, which took them to various stopovers including Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute, before sailing on to the National Sailing Centre at Great Cumbrae for a BBQ and then back to Largs, giving the young people the opportunity to test their new skills on the water.
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.
Emma explains the impact of the trip, “I felt very comfortable with others, we have all been through similar experiences but it is sailing that has brought us together.”
Sailing trips are free of charge to the young people. To donate and help them to continue to provide support to young people in recovery from cancervisit: http://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org/index.php/donate