A Largs based sailing charity is hoping to return to the water in 2021 but has alternative plans if this is not possible due to the Covid19 situation.

It is unchartered territory for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, situated at Largs Yacht Haven as it adjusts to the new normal.

The Trust empowers young people to embrace life after cancer treatment through sailing, but the pandemic resulted in all sea activity being cancelled this year.

Instead, the Trust has run a programme of on and offline social, wellbeing and career support activities.

Trust CEO Frank Fletcher says all eventualities are being explored for next year – from delivering trips as normal to what happens if the UK is in ‘lockdown’

Frank said: “There are a number of possibilities and we have identified the risks and control measures for each.

"These include what a vaccine and a robust testing programme might enable us to do; how we could run socially distanced yacht trips and outdoor adventure residential weeks; and if regional socially distanced activity days on the water could bring young people together if we’re not able to bring them to us.

“But the crucial thing is whatever happens in 2021, we will be here for every young person that needs support."

The Trust launched its month-long Round Britain Your Way virtual event, to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information visit www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org