About Us

Background and introduction to our services...


The charity’s founders discovered what they collectively call “the power of the holiday”. Day trips away or longer holidays gave each family something to look forward to after the family member with cancer had an operation or a course of treatment. They also provided precious memories if the person later went on to die.

“We believe in the power of the holiday.”

Such periods of respite, proved to be of huge value for all concerned. The ‘4 Cancer’ concept hatched from these basic principles. In 2001, the charity’s founders decided to set up a charity in the hope that other families would benefit in the same way.


Today, the 4 Cancer Group organises days out and short breaks for families affected by cancer. This is what we call “respite”.

Since 2001, we have been slowly evolving the range of day trips and short breaks that we offer. As of 1 January 2019, we have sent over 5,500 people away on a respite break and provided over 24,000 respite days!

Our respite trips have been creating memories for families affected by cancer since 2002. From sailing days to short breaks at UK holiday parks, we give families something to look forward to during the most difficult of times.

We believe that ‘time’ is our most precious commodity. Time spent with the people we love, away from the stresses of everyday life at home, can make all the difference. We bring families together in wonderful locations and enable them to create memories which last a lifetime

The 4 Cancer Group

As its name suggests, the Group is made up of a number of subsidiaries, mostly focused on a sport or activity.  Not only do these sporting subsidiaries encourage people to keep fit and healthy, they provide the funds which make it possible to help up to 1,000 people in the UK every year. So if you are planning to sail, ski, run, trek or cycle in the coming year, why not do it 4 Cancer!

Latest News

James Cole Becomes A Patron of Sail 4 Cancer

James Cole Becomes A Patron of Sail 4 Cancer

James Cole, the Founder and CEO of luxury cruise specialist Panache Cruises has been appointed Patron of the marine charity Sail 4 Cancer. Founded in 2001, Sail 4 Cancer provides…...

Isle Of Wight Holiday Home Secured

Isle Of Wight Holiday Home Secured

Sail 4 Cancer and the wider ‘4 Cancer Group’ is proud to announce that it has agreed terms to purchase the charity’s first holiday property.  The property will provide respite…...

In Memory Of Admiral Of The Fleet The Lord Boyce

In Memory Of Admiral Of The Fleet The Lord Boyce

t is with great sadness that we announce the death of Michael Boyce, The Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce, KG, GCB, OBE, KStJ, DL. Mike was the charity’s…...

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