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Claire raises four times her target

Paralysed Claire Lomas has raised a staggering £200,000 for charity after spending 17 days completing the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit.

Her epic marathon attempt raised four times more than Claire had been hoping for and she has said a big thank you to everyone who supported her.

Claire, 32, of Melton Mowbray, walked around the town to show her appreciation for the donations. She is giving all the money raised to Spinal Research.

Claire is paralysed from the chest down following a horse riding accident five years ago, and is only able to walk using a special computerised suit.

She is now devoted to raising money to help others like her and said she is already planning her next big fundraising event.

She added: “It’s a secret at the moment but it will be for Spinal Research again.

“It’s going to be tougher, if anything. It won’t involve the suit and will take me about a year to train for.

“I wanted to thank everyone for their support. I hadn’t been in the suit since I finished the marathon until today.

“I walked 26 miles in it but after a few steps today, I was knackered.

“When I got back home after it was all over, I still couldn’t believe I had done it. I’ve not had a chance to get back to normal because I’ve been doing so many interviews.”

Wheelchair user Andy Harrison, 46, was among the people to greet Claire as she walked around Melton Mowbray.

He said: “Claire is fantastic. It was an amazing challenge and I know it can be done now. Seeing Claire in the suit has given me renewed impetus.”


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