The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust are looking for local people to get on their bike and join them on their Largs to Cowes charity cycle.

A team of 10 cyclists from across North Ayrshire are invited to take part in the first 105.7km day ride on May 4, starting from Largs Yacht Haven and travelling to Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway.

A core team of 12 riders will take on the whole 940km nine-day challenge to the Trust's headquarters in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and are looking for people to join them on the first leg of the trip.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust supports young people aged 8 to 24 to rebuild their confidence after cancer.

In total 569 young people in recovery from cancer have set sail on transformational trips from Largs and a further 246 are looking forward to joining a trip this summer.

Kirstie Reid co-hosted the opening of the Trust’s Largs base in 2014 and is passionate about how the organisation helped her during the challenging phase of recovery

She said: “Only other young people who have had cancer can really understand your worries after treatment.

"Maybe it’s being in such close proximity to each other, it’s easier to talk to new people or cancer is the one thing we all have in common, but talking is so cathartic.

"You don’t have to talk it just seems to happen.

“The scenery and wildlife on the West Coast of Scotland is absolutely WOW and so special, every moment I was in awe of it all.

"Being on a boat is spectacular. I feel so alive out there.”

The Largs to Cowes Charity Cycle will be the first fundraising event to link the charity's two bases and is an opportunity to welcome the local community to get involved.

For more information and to get involved contact event organiser at