Auction takes Claire ever closer to £500,000 fundraising milestone

Claire Lomas with David Nicholls, founder of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) EMN-150928-132510001
Claire Lomas with David Nicholls, founder of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) EMN-150928-132510001
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A very succesful online auction has pushed fundraiser Claire Lomas to within £4,000 of raising an amazing £500,000 towards a cure for paralysis.

Bidders pledged £8,051 for a variety of lots, including holidays, riding lessons with top equestrian stars and golf club vouchers, in her latest charity initiative.

Proceeds will be split between the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) and a hospital treating international event rider Ben Hobday, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Claire, who has been raising money for NSIF since being paralysed from the chest down following a horse eventing accident, said: “The auction was a huge success and I can’t thank all the people involved enough.

“They include all the people donating prizes, to those bidding and to Stuart Hall who helped me organise it.

“There is a lot of work involved and we are now taking payments and sending out over 90 prizes but it has all been worth it for the great causes.

“The auction has taken me closer to that milestone of half a million pounds - there is just around £4,000 to go so it won’t be long.”

Tickets are now on sale for the fundraiser Claire hopes will take her over that milestone - an entertainment evening at the King Power Stadium at Leicester, at 7pm on Saturday November 14.

Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, a raffle and live music from The Likes and there is also a special fun ‘snow boarding’ contest between teams of show-jumpers, eventers, farriers, vets, hunters and a wildcard line-up.

Tickets cost £60 (if bought before November 1 and £65 if bought after) for the evening, when everyone will get the chance to bet and to have a go at the ‘snow boarding’, with all the money going to the NSIF.