Claire’s indoor snowboarding fundraiser makes nearly £5,000 for charity

Fundraiser extraordinaire Claire Lomas with the award she received last year for being named Vitalise Woman of Achievement EMN-151116-170455001

Fundraiser extraordinaire Claire Lomas with the award she received last year for being named Vitalise Woman of Achievement EMN-151116-170455001

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Almost £5,000 has been raised by Claire Lomas through her latest fundraiser - a quirky indoor snowboarding event on Saturday night.

Equestrian professionals and competitors took part in a series of challenges at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

The night was another huge success for Claire, who lives at Eye Kettleby, after she last month passed the £500,000 fundraising landmark for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF).

Teams of four from the 14 tables got involved in the event, for which proceeds will be donated towards the clinical trial the charity is funding in their quest for a cure for paralysis.

Claire, who was paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident eight years ago, said: “It was a great night and we had brilliant local group, The Likes, playing after the boarding competition.

“I am grateful to all who helped make the event a success, particularly my friends Holly Campbell and Stuart Hall, who it would have been impossible without, plus all the sponsors, including our main sponsor Helmet Heads.”

Claire plans to visit three schools before the end of the year and on December 11 she is giving a speech at Nottingham Trent University in aid of NSIF, with tickets costing £10 and including a buffet meal.

Her next big fundraiser will be a second Ride Out event for motorcyclists on May 14 and a half-marathon at Melton on June 12.