Melton schoolchildren can help latest fundraiser by inspirational Claire Lomas

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Schools in the Melton area are being invited to play a big part in Claire Lomas’ latest fundraiser for a cure to be found for paralysis.

Claire, of Eye Kettleby, plans to generate sponsorship by covering 150 miles on a handcycle over five days in May.

Proceeds, which will go to the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, will be swelled by schools raising at least £500 each in return for a visit and an inspirational talk from the 34-year-old.

Claire has raised more than £400,000 for the foundation by completing the London Marathon in a robotic suit, a 400-mile handcycle around the UK and host of other initiatives.

On her latest fundraiser, she said: “This is a way of getting schoolchildren involved and I really hope schools show an interest.

“I am asking schools within 50 miles of Melton to raise at least £500 by organising things like non-uniform days, fun runs and cake sales.

“The aim is to do 150 miles but it might change depending on the response I get.”

Claire, who was paralysed from the waist down following a horse riding competition injury nearly eight years ago, raised £85,000 when she handcycled around the UK in 2013.

She stopped off en route at schools to talk to pupils and the success of that event prompted her to do something similar this year.

“I will talk about how my life was before the accident, what impact it had on me, the dark times I went through and how my life has been transformed since,” said Claire, who was a high class three-day event rider before being injured.

Claire said she chose to involve more local schools this time so she can get home to care for three-year-old daughter Maisie, who is now attending pre-school sessions.

If you are a school which wants to get involved in the fundraiser you can download an application form at www.claireschallenge.co.uk where more details on the event are also available.