The inspirational determination of Natasha “Miss Isle” Lambert was recently given recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List as the teenager with cerebral palsy was awarded a British Empire Medal. At just 17 years-old, Natasha was the youngest person to be recognised in this year’s Birthday Honours list.
Her incredible recent fundraising endeavors include sailing from Cowes to London and trekking from St Katharine Docks to the Bank of England and back. The teenager has also sailed round the Isle of Wight, crossed the English Channel, sailed more than five hundred miles to Wales, and climbed up Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in Britain south of the Snowdonia mountain range. These unbelievable achievements have raised over £53,000 for charity.
Over the years, Natasha's accomplishments have been made possible by her inspirational parents and supporters. It was in fact Natasha’s father Gary who engineered the ‘sip and puff’ system that allows Natasha to control her 6.4m sail boat by sucking and blowing into a tube. Earlier in 2015, the Lambert family established their own charity named The Miss Isle School of Sip & Puff Sailing (MISSPS), allowing others in Natasha’s position to also experience the thrill of sailing.
The British Empire Medal is just one of many ways Natasha’s efforts have been recognised as she has been invited to start this year's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and has also been included in the Independent on Sunday 2015 Happy List.
1,163 people were mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015. 70% of which were honoured because of their community work. Sharing the list with Natasha were household names including Lenny Henry, Gareth Edwards, Van Morrison and Kevin Spacey who were all given knighthoods. CBEs were also awarded to celebrities including Jonny Wilkinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Bond, Loyd Grossman and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Image Credit: MissIsle.org.uk
Article by Jack Bartrop