Watch Natasha 'Miss Isle’ Lambert end her epic Sea and Summit Challenge
Last Monday (15th September 2014) award-winning teenage sailor and fundraiser Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert sailed with her team into PSP Southampton Boat Show – cheered on by the crowds and congratulated by senior figures in the marine industry.
Natasha is 17 and has cerebral palsy, and took on the challenge to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as to raise the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.
On her epic Sea and Summit Challenge she had spent a month sailing over 500 miles around the South West coast of England to Wales before swapping her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker, to climb Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.
Natasha embarked on the expedition on July 24th, setting off from her hometown of Cowes, Isle of Wight
Natasha sails her 21ft boat, Miss Isle Too, only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet designed by her dad Gary.
Natasha arrived at the marina joined by her support team including mum Amanda, dad Gary and little sister, Rachel as well as powerboating champion Shelley Jory-Leigh.
Making it all happen were a host of dedicated sponsors:
PSP Worldwide Logistics, which specialises in transportation of all kinds of boats, from rowing boats and kayaks to Navy RIBs and superyachts, offered to safely transport Miss Isle and her 8m support RIB from the marina in Swansea back to Southampton free of charge.
Natasha’s mother, Amanda, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to PSP for smoothly transporting Miss Isle back to England for us.
“Albeit exciting, it was a tiring few weeks, so this was one less thing for us to worry about! The whole Lambert family are very grateful for PSP’s continued support.”
Frank Dixie, managing director of PSP, said: “We are absolutely thrilled for Natasha and it was our absolute pleasure to help her and her family transport the boats back home.
“Natasha is proof that through hard work and determination people can complete the toughest of challenges and achieve their dreams.
“We look forward to supporting Natasha in the future and seeing her sail into Southampton once again next month for the PSP Southampton Boat Show.”
Full list of sponsors
Honda UK, Redstone, Artemis, PSP Logistics, Grapefruit Graphics, Red Funnel, Sailcare, Hart Walker UK, Leafield Marine, Seasafe, Yellow brick, Cowes Yacht Haven, Haven Knox Johnson, Apollo Fire Alarms, Pains Wessex, Bishop Skinner, Galliford Try, RPS, Fynn Marine
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