THAME: It’s plain sailing for survivor Liam

Liam Earwicker, 14, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last year but is now in remission
Liam Earwicker, 14, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last year but is now in remission

A teenager who is in remission after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma joined fellow survivors in a sail around the Solent.

Liam Earwicker, 14, was diagnosed in September last year after doctors found lumps in his tummy, but he has beaten the disease after a course of gruelling chemotherapy at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

In August, the teen joined 25 other survivors between the age of 8 and 18 in a four-day sail around the Southampton Solent on a trip arranged by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

The youngsters were treated to a visit from Dame Ellen herself for one day as they navigated the waters on a 48ft yacht, stopping at Yarmouth Harbour and the picturesque Newton Creek for a BBQ. The trust, which was set up in 2003, gives children recovering from cancer the opportunity to build up their confidence through sailing.

Liam, of Queens Close, Thame, said: “It was really good fun, and I met a lot of new friends.”

The stoic Lord Williams’s School pupil describes how his ordeal began: “It all started off with a cough, but when they told me I had cancer, it didn’t really affect me. I just got on with it.”

The teen, who wants to be a mechanic when he is older, was told he is in remission last December and is now back at school.

Liam, who lives with his mum Sarah, dad Graham and 18-year-old sister Kiaya, said: “My family were amazing. They were there for me every step of the way.”