Claire Lomas set off on her 400-mile hand cycle challenge this morning (Monday 22 April).

Claire was paralysed in a fall at Osberton Horse Trials six years ago, and is undertaking the ride around England for charity.

She aims to raise £100,000. The money raised will go to Spinal Research and The Nicholls Foundation, to be used for stemcell research.

Claire set off from Nottingham Trent University and is due to finish in London on Monday 13 May.

Last year Claire walked the London Marathon in a special robot suit raising more than £200,000 for Spinal Research. The feat took her 17 days, but last week she told H&H that she expects the hand cycle to be even more challenging.

“I think this will be more knackering than the marathon, looking at what I have to do!” she said.

“It’s hard work getting my body weight and that of the bike up a hill with my arms, as they’re not as strong as your legs.”

To join Claire on part of her fundraising journey, visit www.claireschallenge.co.uk

To donate via Vodafone’s free JustTextGiving service text LEGS60 £XX to 70070 replacing the XX with the amount in pounds you wish to donate.