Fundraiser extraordinaire Claire Lomas closes in on magical £500,000 mark

Claire Lomas with her book Finding My Feet, which tells the amazing story of how she became a prolific fundraiser after suffering a devastating injury EMN-150916-165115001
Claire Lomas with her book Finding My Feet, which tells the amazing story of how she became a prolific fundraiser after suffering a devastating injury EMN-150916-165115001
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Inspirational Claire Lomas is confident she will soon pass the magical £500,000 mark in her fundraising for a cure for paralysis.

Claire, who was paralysed from the chest down following a horse riding accident eight years ago, has taken part in activites in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF), ranging from walking the London Marathon in a robotic suit to social occasions.

Her current total is £486,000.

And she has now launched her latest fundraiser - an online auction where people can bid for a variety of lots, including holiday in Nice and Madeira, riding lessons with top equestrian stars and golf club vouchers.

This is the second such auction she has organised - last year’s raised £11,035 - and proceeds this year will be split between the NSIF and a hospital treating international event rider Ben Hobday, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Tickets are also on sale for an event Claire has also organised for her charity - 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.

Claire, who lives at Eye Kettleby, said: “I have an amazing auction again this year and it should take me very close to that half a million mark.

“I’m starting to sell tickets for the Leicester event as well and I’m hoping that will take me over the £500,000.”

Go online at www.claireschallenge.co.uk to make a bid in Claire’s 2015 online auction - bids will be accepted up until 8pm on Sunday September 27 - or to buy tickets for the Leicester event.