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Claire raises thousands at the Midlands Grand National in Uttoxeter

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

2014 Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.Claire Lomas and Dom Spincer

2014 Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.Claire Lomas and Dom Spincer

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AN INSPIRATIONAL woman told her story to crowds at a recent race meet and raised funds for spinal research.

Claire Lomas, who made headlines in 2012 when she walked the London Marathon in a robotic suit despite being paralysed from the waist down, attended the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse with family, friends and supporters.

Ms Lomas, a former event rider, was left paralysed in a freak accident. Since then she has been campaigning for spinal research.

The 33-year-old said: “Thanks to everyone who donated, friends who helped and the racecourse - we raised £3557 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

“To everyone who donated - thank you, it means a lot to me and the Nicholls Foundation.

“I consider myself lucky to be able to help so many people.

“In the years following my accident, I was unable to do any of the things I used to love. I had to rebuild my life.

“After those dark times, I was glad to be busy again.

“In 2012 I walked the London Marathon, last year I rode around the UK by hand-cycling and walking in the suit and this year I’ve been touring schools talking about my experiences and raising awareness of spinal research.”

More information is online at www.claireschallenge.co.uk

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