Natasha has Athertoid Cerebral Palsy which means she has great difficulty staying still and coordinating movements. But she’s never let this stop her doing the thing she loves – Sailing. Her Mum Amanda says “It’s made a world of difference to her being able to sail, apart from loving the fresh air and the wind blowing in her hair, it can be very exciting because she’s able to make her own decisions without help”.
This isn’t Natasha’s first sailing challenge, last year she sailed all the way round her home of Isle of Wight and raised over £17,000 in the process.
This week she was presented with the ‘RNLI National Youth Supporter of the Year’ award by the Duke of Kent in Barbican, London for all her fundraising efforts.
To help her complete the challenge to sail across the Channel, which could take several hours, she’s had a special boat made which works by using a sip – puff system using a single straw and a tiny tongue switch. It’s name is Miss Isle Too to recognise Natasha (Miss), her home country (Isle of Wight) and Too because this is the second boat that’s been converted by her Dad for her.
Natasha sees the crossing of the shipping lanes to be the most difficult part of the challenge. She’ll be sailing her 21 ft boat through one of the busiest shipping venues in the world. Other ships travel about 30 mph but Natasha’s boat only 6/7 mph so there will be some quick-fire decisions to be made.
You can follow Natasha’s journey on either The Miss Isle Facebook page or at www.missisle.com. And why not donate and help Natasha help others on her fundraising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/missisle