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Teenager with cerebral palsy sails 430 miles in boat she controls by 'sipping and puffing' a straw

A teenager who struggles to move or talk has just completed a epic sailing journey from the Isle of Wight around the south western coast of England to Swansea.

Natasha and her family celebrate her successful voyage

Natasha Lambert controls her twenty-one-foot dingy by sucking and blowing down a straw connected to a bicycle helmet designed by her father.

Mike Griffiths meets her

She wears a motorcycle helmet and inside the motorcycle helmet there's a tube.

She will either sit or puff on the tube.

That will steer the boat, so puff to the right, and sip the left.

Should be need to control the sails, there's a tongue switch underneath, a light-sensitive tongue switch that Natasha puts her tongue over.

– Gary Lambert, Natasha's father

Natasha and her support crew set off from her home on the Isle of Wight on July 20th.

The 430-mile journey took them around the South West of England, ending in Swansea on Tuesday night

Natasha on board the boat

Natasha is shown what she is able to achieve.

She shows us every day, she's always happy, always looking to achieve more, always pushing herself that little bit further!

– Amanda Lambert, Natasha's mother

Natasha won't be heading home quite yet. She now plans to climb Pen y Fan - the highest peak in south Wales - with the help of a special frame.

And with that 3,000 foot climb still to go, Natasha's already raised more than £10,000.