Lucie’s back on dry land after ocean crossing

Lucie Carrington.
Lucie Carrington.

Cancer survivor Lucie Carrington has returned home to Lancaster after taking part in a round the world boat race.

The journey of more than 40,000 miles took nearly 11 months to complete.

Lucie, 26, was selected to compete in the final leg of the Clipper Race, the only round-the-world sailing competition open to novices.

She faced a challenging three weeks at sea battling the elements while clocking up 3,750 miles.

Film maker Lucie Carrington, who suffered from a rare bone cancer 10 years ago, took part in the race as an ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which aims to help rebuild survivors confidence through sailing.

Lucie was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma at the age of 16, and underwent a year’s worth of intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

Lucie, who lives in Bowerham, said: “It will be 10 years to the day since I was having chemo. At the moment I don’t know anyone who has had this type of cancer and survived.

“I had the tiniest lump and and thought I’d just been kicked. It was pure luck and chance.”

Surgeons removed the bone from Lucie’s arm, took it to another hospital, blasted it with high dose radiotherapy, then screwed it all back together with metal plates and around 20 screws.

She got the all clear five years later, following more surgery and two breaks to her arm.

Despite her situation, Lucie still managed to complete her GCSEs, A-levels and more recently a degree in computer animation.

She said: “Five years ago I went on the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust sailing trip, and it really helped with my confidence; that’s why I want to help the Ellen MacArthur charity.

“The trust gave me a boost when I needed it most, and I am hoping I can raise a lot of money and awareness.”

Lucie now works for the Jimmy Teens charity, which uses media to help teenagers and young adults who have been affected by cancer.

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