Claire Lomas and the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF)
Claire’s life turned upside down on 6th May 2007 when she became paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident. Claire fractured her neck, dislocated her back, fractured ribs, punctured a lung and contracted pneumonia. Luckily the neck fracture didn’t damage the spinal cord but the dislocation to the T4 vertebra left her paralysed from the chest down.
A year after her accident, Claire met (and later married) Dan and they had a baby girl – Maisie. Claire found some new sports, set up a business and fund-raised to help find a cure for paralysis.
Her new sports include hand-cycling, skiing, and motorcycling. Claire has learned to ride on a specially adapted bike with a lot of support from Mallory Park and is aiming towards achieving her ACU licence and doing trackdays.
In 2012 Claire became headline news worldwide. She was the first (and only) paralysed person to walk the London Marathon which she did in a pioneering robotic suit. It took 17 days and raised £210,000 for Spinal Research.
In October 2015, Claire’s fundraising passed the half a million pounds mark. Read more about Claire’s story and how you can support her causes here: http://www.claireschallenge.co.uk/.