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Claire Lomas wins “inspirational fundraiser” award

Claire Lomas has been named “inspirational fundraiser” at this year’s Inspiration Awards for Women.

Claire, who was paralysed from the chest down in an eventing accident at Osberton Horse Trials in 2007, completed the London Marathon this year.

She wore a special “robot suit” and finished in 16 days, raising more than £200,000 for Spinal Research. Claire now plans to cycle from London to Paris using a bike powered by her legs and arms.

The awards were held last night in London (Wednesday 3 October), in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, celebrating the achievements of inspriational women in the UK.

“It was amazing,” Claire told H&H. “We had such a great time, and thank you so much to everyone who voted. And I even met Brendan Cole and Matt Cardle!”

The awards were determined 25% by public vote and 75% by a judging panel.

“It was really nerve-wracking going up to London and I had no idea beforehand that I’d won,” she added. “I’m so grateful for the support of everyone – especially in the horse world and that it gives me a chance to raise awareness of my bike challenge.

“It was a real boost too – sometimes it’s tough getting on the bike and training but this has really motivated me.”

For more information visit: www.inspirationawards.com

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