Claire Lomas completes her incredible marathon challenge

Date: May 8, 2012

 

Claire Lomas completes her incredible marathon challenge

Spinal Research supporter and Saddle Up ambassador Claire Lomas has completed her challenge of walking the London Marathon walking in a robotic suit on Tuesday 8th May, 16 days after starting the race. Claire was paralysed from the chest down in an eventing accident five years ago but that didn’t stop her achieving her dream of taking part in the Marathon: with the help of the ReWalk robotic suit, but also, and more importantly, thanks to her own determination, strength and courage, Claire crossed the finishing line at The Mall surrounded by family, friends, celebrities and supporters just before 1pm on Tuesday.

Her story has captured the nation’s imagination and Claire’s accomplishment was featured on national TV and newspapers all over the UK. But Claire didn’t just do this for a personal sense of achievement: by doing this incredible challenge, she has raised £110,000 (at 9/05/2012) for Spinal Research. This amazing amount will go towards funding research to find treatments to help those who, like Claire, have been paralysed by a spinal cord injury.

Spinal Research would like to thank Claire from the bottom of our heart for what you did to raise funds and awareness of our cause: the word most used on twitter and your Justgiving page was ‘inspirational’ and we agree!

Thank you also to all the people who walked with Claire, donated, fundraised, tweeted, spread the word, etc…  in the past two weeks, you have been brilliant support and we are so thankful – Claire’s walk was such as success also thanks to you all!

Watch Claire cross the finishing line: courtesy of BBC News

Read about it all in

The Guardian & front page

The Times

The Independent & front page

The Telegraph

The Daily Mail

The Sun

The Mirror

The Daily Express

BBC

ITV

Channel 4 (interview with Jon Snow)

Metro

Evening Standard

Sir Richard Branson congratulates Claire

New York Daily News

You can still support Claire: donate on JustGiving or text LEGS60 £amount to 70070

 

Thank you!

 

Spinal Research would like to thank Promote PR and Chancery Court Hotel for their all their support during Claire Lomas’ London Marathon challenge – thank you!