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A teenager from Hailsham has taken part in a sailing trip of a lifetime.

Lillie Killick, 17, went out to sea with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, along with 15 other young people between the age of nine to17 in recovery from cancer.

Lillie joined the crew of one of four yachts to sail around the Solent in a four-day yacht adventure.

Lillie, who finished treatment in March 2013 for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at The Royal Marsden Hospital, was joined by four other young people on board their boat, Morning Dew.

She said, “I had never been sailing, so before the trip I was looking forward to trying something new.

“The trip has been amazing! My favourite part was steering the boat.

“I learnt so much and really liked meeting new people and sharing similar experiences. I would love to come back or get involved in other water sports in the future.”

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, encouraged to work as a team and involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.

Departing from their south coast HQ in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight, the trip navigated the waters of the Solent, which took them to various stopovers including Yarmouth and Newtown for a barbecue and water fight.

Thee was also whirlwind speedboat ride around the iconic Isle of Wight Needles and then they sailed back to Cowes, giving the young people the opportunity to test their new skills on the water.

Dame Ellen MacArthur joined the young people for a tour of the Yarmouth Lifeboat.

She explained the impact the trips have on these youngsters.

She said, “These young people 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.”

There are many ways you can support The Trust with your time, money or services.

To become a Friend of the Trust and help them to continue to provide support and encouragement to young people in recovery from cancer visit http://www.ellenmacarthur cancertrust.org