Apollo Fire Detectors has agreed to support Natasha’s efforts with a donation of £500, to ensure that the two support vehicles have enough fuel throughout the challenge.
Apollo became involved when Natasha, who has a form of Cerebral Palsy, approached the company for support. Inspired by her commitment, bravery and enthusiasm for this project, it was agreed that Apollo would see how it could help.
The Sea to Summit Challenge will involve Natasha sailing from Cowes, Isle Of Wight, along the south coast of England and across to Wales. Natasha uses a boat which has been adapted to a sip/puff straw system that allows her to control the rudder with her breathing and a tongue switch in her helmet controls the sail trim. On arrival in Wales Natasha will leave her boat and climb Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales using a specialised walking frame. Money raised will be donated to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, The RNLI and the RYA foundation.
Tim Preston, financial director for Apollo Fire Detectors, said, ‘Everyone at Apollo was amazed with Natasha’s determination to complete this challenge and to raise money for charity as well. She is an inspirational young woman and we are proud to be working with her on the Sea to Summit Challenge.’
Speaking at the handing over of the cheque on 29th April 2014, Natasha commented, ‘I would like to thank Apollo for their support. I am very excited about this challenge and hope that I will be able to inspire people, young and old, to look beyond physical abilities and challenge themselves to do the very best they can.’