Jenny setting sail for joyful homecoming

Jenny Layton.
Jenny Layton.

A 24-year-old from Scarborough who is in recovery from cancer is set to be part of a triumphant homecoming.

Jenny Layton will be sailing into Largs on Scotland’s West Coast to complete the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s epic four-month Round Britain 2017 sailing relay this Saturday (23 September).

Jenny is pictured with the crew of Moonspray.

Jenny is pictured with the crew of Moonspray.

Jenny, who first sailed with the trust last year after treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, is among seven young people in recovery tackling the final 140 nautical mile Round Britain leg from Belfast to the Trust’s base in Largs.

Launched by the history-making yachtswoman in 2003, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that rebuilds confidence after cancer and uses sailing to support, empower and inspire young people aged 8-24 in embracing their future with optimism.

This is the second Round Britain leg Jenny has taken part in having completed Leg 7 from Newcastle to Hull.

She admits it is an honour to be bringing the boat home.

Jenny said: “It is special to do the last leg, it is like bringing it to a close.

“There will be a big party when we arrive back in Largs!

“I’m looking forward to meeting more people and doing some more sailing.”

She added: “Meeting other young people who have had cancer means you can share your experiences.

“It’s very humbling to sail alongside each other knowing how far you’ve all come. After being so poorly you get used to people looking after you.”