Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight teenager Natasha Lambert in solo crossing

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Media captionNatasha Lambert, 16, was born with atheroid cerebral palsy which affects her limbs and speech

An Isle of Wight teenager with cerebral palsy has completed a solo journey across the channel.

Natasha Lambert, 16, was born with atheroid cerebral palsy which affects her limbs and speech.

Her 21ft-long (6.4m) boat, Miss Isle Too, has been adapted by her father, Gary, and allows her to steer by sucking and blowing into a tube.

Natasha began her voyage in Boulogne, France at 08:00 BST and arrived at Dover at about midday.

'Immensely proud'

Last year Natasha, from Cowes, sailed solo round the Isle of Wight, raising more than £8,000 for charity.

Her mother Amanda said: "When she is sailing Natasha is able to experience freedom and excitement and most importantly make decisions which she is unable to do in her everyday life."

Her father said he was "immensely proud" of his daughter.

Natasha is raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Wetwheels Solent.

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