An 11-year-old girl from Epsom has set sail once again after beating cancer earlier in her life.

Abbie Pelluet went sailing at the Bradwell Centre in Essex thanks to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, who work to empower and support young people after cancer.

The trust was set up by former Sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur, who became the fastest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed in 2004-05.

It helps fund multiple-day sailing trips for young people like Abbie who've been impacted by cancer.

Abbie was treated for Retinoblastoma when she was 3 years old.

She has since ignited a passion for the waves, with her most recent adventure the third time she's sailed with the Trust.

"I was nervous about going on the trip this year, but I made some new friends and met up with a friend from last year and I really enjoyed my time – it was epic!" Abbie said.

"It was good to meet other young people who have had cancer and who also feel different to others," she added.

Retinoblastoma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the retinas of young children.

Abbie's Mum Lisa said that the sailing trips help her daughter's confidence after the cancer left her in need of a prosthetic eye.

"The trip has been great for as it really builds her confidence and gives her a safe environment with others who understand what it is like to have cancer," Lisa said.

"Abbie feels quite lonely now as she is the only one in her school and area who has a prosthetic eye but that is mostly because the cancer is so rare," she pointed out.

The four-day sailing trips like the one Abbie went on lately are a unique and life-changing experience for the young people that join them, but they are about much more than just sailing.

As Trust Founder and Patron Ellen MacArthur described, "Sailing is just a vehicle. It’s about regaining your life.

"The joy of the Trust trips is overwhelming, there are always transformations."

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust recently received an award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery this year enabling them to help more young people like Abbie to feel less isolated and lonely after cancer.