We are delighted to welcome Claire Lomas as our guest speaker
A freak accident left Claire Lomas paralysed from the chest down, but she was determined not to give up. She made worldwide headlines in 2012 when completing the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit taking 17 days, and lit the Paralympic cauldron for London 2012.
Claire was working as a chiropractor and had reached the highest level in the sport of eventing when a freak accident left her paralysed from the chest down. She had gone from living a life as an active sportswoman whose dreams were coming true to a life that seemed impossible to ever be happy. Many doors had closed, and it was difficult not to dwell on all she had lost. She had to dig deep to find the strength and courage to rebuild her life from scratch. Claire discharged herself from hospital after only 8 weeks, determined to do as much rehabilitation as possible. She spent hours in the gym but also recognised that she needed more than this in her life.
In 2012 Claire became headline news worldwide. She walked the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit, taking a gruelling 17 days and raising £210k for Spinal Research. She became the first owner of a robotic suit and used it when she had the honour of lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square. In 2013 Claire completed a 400-mile hand-cycle around parts of England, visiting schools on the way to inspire pupils, raising another £85k supporting the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
Claire is constantly thinking of ways to raise money and strongly believes there will soon be a cure. 2014 and 2015 took the fundraising total to over £500k through various events Claire organised and made her one of Britain’s most inspirational women. She completed the Great North Run in 2016, and in summer 2017 became the first paralysed female with a motorcycle racing licence.