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Hero of the Month – Claire Lomas MBE

On the 6th May 2007 Claire Lomas’ life was turned upside down when she was paralysed in a freak horse riding accident. Claire’s injuries included a fractured neck, dislocated back, a punctured lung, fractured ribs and also pneumonia. Her spinal cord was damaged, Claire was paralysed from the chest down.

Claire has not let that day or her injuries stop her, in fact quite the opposite. She has since married, had children and now fundraises raising vital funds and awareness to find a cure for paralysis, Claire has raised over 700,000 so far! Currently working towards gaining her PPL (Plane Licence), Claire has more fundraising challenges planned. As if that wasn’t enough, Claire shares her incredible insight, experience and attitude by motivational speaking at private and public events.

Below are just some of the amazing feats Claire has achieved so far –

In 2012 Claire completed the London Marathon in a bionic ReWalk suit cheered on by hundreds of people. Three mounted members of the Household Cavalry gave her a guard of honour as she passed the finishing line, a touching nod to her love of horses. She started the race with 36,000 other runners and completed the 26.2 mile route 16 days later. Although not eligible for an official medal (you must complete the race on the same day to receive one), Claire was awarded the Virgin Trophy for Endurance by Richard Branson’s daughter Holly on the finishing line.

Read more about Claire’s incredible journey to this point in her book ‘Finding my feet’.

The 35th staging of the Great North Run took place on the 11th September 2016 where 57,000 people registered took part in Britain’s biggest running event, a 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields. Claire participated wearing a bionic suit while 16 weeks pregnant!! The suit relied on sensors to assist with moving and lifting her legs as she completed the race. It was not just a physical endeavour but also a mental challenge to concentrate using the non-paralysed parts of her body and using crutches to stay balanced.

 

 

In 2017 Claire got her ACU (race licence) on her second attempt, and now comes the next big challenge in her life, Claire is aiming to complete a charity lap of the Isle of Man course at the Manx Grand Prix. This will be a huge test of stamina and will require training and practice if the organisers agree to her participating.

The bike has hand control gears, velcro on her knees to stop them flapping and toe clips to stop her feet sliding. Claire has someone launch her and a brave person has to trust her as she rides towards them so they can catch her.

It will be a huge personal challenge but her aim is to raise as much as she can for Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (to help cure paralysis) and The Matt Hampson Foundation (to help injured sports people).

For more information about Claire, her motivational talks and her incredible achievements check out her website or LinkedIn profile.


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