Claire Lomas was working as a chiropractor and had reached the highest level in the sport of eventing when a freak accident left her paralysed from the chest down. She had gone from living a life as an active sportswomen whose dreams were coming true to a life that seemed impossible to ever be happy. The simplest of tasks were now a challenge for Claire. Many doors had closed, and it was difficult not to dwell on all she had lost.
She had to dig deep to find the strength and courage to rebuild her life from scratch. Claire discharged herself from the hospital after only 8 weeks, determined to do as much rehabilitation as possible. She spent hours in the gym but also recognised that she needed more than this in her life. Her relationship of four years ended ten months after her accident and although Claire felt at rock bottom, she was determined not to sit back and feel sorry for herself. She signed onto an internet dating site where she met Dan, who later became her husband. She gave birth to their daughter in 2011.
Claire also found new sports including skiing, set up a business, written a book and organised fundraising events. Her life was totally different but it did have one similarity, she was busy again. In 2012 Claire became headline news worldwide. She walked the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit. It took a gruelling 17 days and raised £210k for Spinal Research. She became the first owner of a robotic suit, and used it when she had the honour of lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square.
In 2013 Claire completed a 400-mile handcycle around parts of England, visiting schools on the way to inspire pupils, raising another £85k supporting the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. 2014 and 2015 took the fundraising total to over £500k through various events Claire organised. In 2016 Claire completed the London Vitality 10k in 12 hours, and completed the Great North Run in September whilst 16 weeks pregnant.
Claire complete her latest challenge, #10in24, in October 2017 which saw her walk the 10 miles of the Great South Run in 24 hours, walking through the night and completing the challenge with a few minutes to spare!
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“Always difficult to choose the right inspirational speaker for any event but trying to capture the enthusiasm of at times jaded worn out health professionals is always a challenge. Claire Lomas woke us up with her energy and enthusiasm for meeting life head on and reminded us to always remember to look at our patients that cross our path having their own individual goals and desires of what they want and need from life. A truly inspiring story. Claire left an audience in awe and admiration of what can be achieved no matter what limitations have been placed on our bodies – thank you Claire.” – Gail Lowdon – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
“It was a pleasure having Claire Lomas at FutureFest; her story is inspirational and her use of innovative technology and ambitious spirit made for a wonderful addition to the festival.” – Josh McNorton, Festival Manager – FutureFest.
“Claire’s talk was fantastic- just what we had hoped for and more. Great feedback from everyone who attended and I don’t know how we can ever top that. Thanks for demo-ing the ReWalk suit and for tailoring your content to our audience. Perfect”. – Mark Burton – Kennedys Law.
“Claire opened our NHS Leadership conference with her amazing and inspiring story. The audience, a mix of NHS leaders, future leaders and academics listened, laughed, cried and were all able to take something away from Claire’s session, whether it be personal or professional. Claire gave us a great insight into not only her personal story, but also her experiences of care and rehab in the NHS. This motivated delegates to ensure Claire’s experiences will inspire continual improvement of care quality and patient experience. We are so pleased Claire took the time to speak to us, the feedback from all in the room was unanimously positive, and she set the tone for a fabulous day” – Elizabeth Garrett – NHS Leadership Academy (Inspiring Leaders of Tomorrow Conference).
“Claire seemed to enjoy it too, and a fair few people stayed behind afterwards to talk to her and buy one of her books, and all in all we were very happy her and Champions too of course” – Jimmy, Business Development Manager – The 3aaa County Ground