Karl celebrates his road back to fitness from cancer with an adventure at sea

Karl Carter
Karl Carter

Life has been far from plain-sailing for a Morpeth teenager over the past few years, but finally he is on the mend.

And to mark his recovery from cancer, 17-year-old Karl Carter has taken an adventure at sea.

The teenager was shocked two years ago when an eye-test detected a high grade brain tumour. He underwent treatment at the Great North Children’s Hospital and finished the course last year.

And this summer, to re-build his confidence, he joined 20 other young people on a sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Karl enjoyed a four-day yachting adventure, taking in the Firth of Clyde, Port Bannatyne and the National Sailing Centre at Great Cumbrae.

He said: “I had never sailed before and felt very nervous. I’m not normally good at socialising with new people, but it was fun.

“We did so much, from sailing to football, barbecues to boat maintenance. I think my favourite bit was actually sailing in the rain.

“The trip taught me so much about sailing, but also how to meet and bond with new people. It’s really good to hear other people’s stories.”

The trust has four 42ft to 48ft cruising yachts at its base in Largs, providing the opportunity for young people in cancer recovery to work as a team and learn new skills.