Natalie, Business Woman and Basingstoke’s Strongest Women, has a great affinity with
her hometown. From her love of everything local to supporting other aspiring
professionals and athletes, she painted an honest picture of what Basingstoke means
to her and how she channelled her grief into good.
“Having spent my younger years here, attending Old Basing Playgroup, then St Mary’s
infants and juniors and my mum working at and then supervising the playgroup for
decades, we were naturally part of the community for many years. I moved away in my
early twenties in search of adventure, but I knew where I truly belonged.
She was in Southampton when the seed of TFG, the Digital Marketing Agency she owns
with her best friend, started to grow, and by the time they were up and running, she also
had her 18-month old son.
“As a new mum and with a budding business in tow, the decision to move back home was
an easy one after a terminal diagnosis for my mum; I needed to be here with my family
and dearest friends.
I’ve always been amazed at the resilience of the human body and how it responds to
different stresses; having had a brain tumour and a bowel resection myself, I knew to a
certain extent just how strong my body was, but I knew it was capable of more. I’d had an
interest in fitness for a while, having reached the National Netball Final in my youth and
participating in the Great South Run and Basingstoke Half Marathon a few times, but after
mum’s diagnosis, I knew I had to channel that grief into something productive. So I took to
weightlifting. Strong body, strong mind and all that.”