Natasha Sale who took part in this year's Antrim Walk at Greenmount Campus and raised £560. Here along with mother Kathy and close friend Patricia Stewart they present a cheque to Lisa McGrogan, Area Fundraising Manager Macmillan Cancer Support.
A LISBURN woman who was left severely brain damaged following a car accident has defied all odds to take part in a walk_ to raise money for charity.
Eleven years ago Natasha Sale, 37, originally from North London, was left fighting for her life. In fact medical staff advised her family that if she survived she would be left in a vegetative state and most likely blind.
However after extensive care in hospital, two years in a nursing home receiving physiotherapy, being tube fed and with the love and support of her family, who moved to the province so she could have the best care possible, Natasha battled hard with her recovery.
With a lot of training and support she was able to take part in this year's Antrim Walk at Greenmount Campus on her rollater along with her mother Kathy and close friend Patricia Stewart, raising £560 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Speaking about his daughter, Richard Sale said: "I hope people will be inspired by Natasha's story and that it will encourage others facing similar challenges."
He continued: "With lots of love, care and support Natasha has been able to lead an active life. She volunteers a little bit too with her carer Pat in Boots Sprucefield, Tesco Newtownbreda and with the Ulster Wildlife Trust in Crossgar and in 2006 she received the outstanding achievement award from the Down and District Volunteer centre.
"She utilises the facilities at Lisburn Leisurplex and the Rowan Centre and has even completed a computer course. Lots of love, care and prayers have certainly helped.
"Natasha was very excited to do the walk and help others. It was a nice gesture,"