Claire Lomas, the talented eventer who was paralysed in 2007, has been nominated as an ‘Inspirational Fundraiser’ for the Inspiration Awards for Women next month.
Prior to her fall at Osberton horse trials, when Claire hit a tree, she was competing at four star level and producing horses. Now paralysed from the neck down, the 32-year-old dedicates her time to raising money for Spinal Research.
Claire was recently featured in H&C for her incredible efforts to complete the London Marathon on her own two feet. With the help of a robotic suit she walked the 26.2 miles in 17 days and raised £ £203,300 along the way.
Her next big money-raiser is a bike ride from London to Paris in 2013, on a special bike which uses electrical stimulation to make the leg muscles contract. The challenge is in honour of Catherine Kouam, who suffered a similar injury to Claire in 2010, and since became a close friend.
“Sadly Catherine lost her life on 26 August due to complications,” said Claire. “She will be missed by so many and I want to do this bike ride in memory of her, and know she would love to have seen Spinal Research find a cure.”
On her blog Claire commented that she is “very excited” to be nominated for the Inspiration Awards, which celebrate the achievements of extraordinary and inspirational women. Previous winners include Sir Alan’s right hand gal, Karren Brady, Annie Lennox and Deborah Meaden from the Dragons' Den.
“It is now down to how many votes,” she said. “If people can spare a few moments and vote I would really appreciate it. I am sure it would help get the bike challenge a good start too.”
The awards will be held on 3 October at Cadogan Hall, in London. Tickets are still available and cost £35.