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