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Brave Claire is half-way there


Paralysed fund-raiser Claire Lomas is half-way through her epic 22-day journey around England.

Having cycled about 200 miles on her hand-powered bike, Claire, who walked the London Marathon in 17 days last year using a Rewalk suit, said she could do with a lie-in.

She said: "It's going really well and all to plan, which is great.

"I'm managing to keep going and it's good to be half-way but it feels like there's still a lot left to go.

"I'd love to just have a lie-in, though."

Claire, of Eye Kettleby, set off from Nottingham on April 22.

Her trip has taken her to Leicester, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Cambridge.

She was due to arrive in Oxford today. After that she will head towards London, where the journey ends on May 13.

For the last leg of the trip, Claire will be joined by former Spice Girl Mel C.

Along the way, she has been welcomed to towns and cities by members of the public.

Her aims are to raise money for spinal research and to inspire people along the way.

Marriott hotels along the route have been providing her with free accommodation.

On Friday, the Marriott in Peterborough hosted a charity night which raised about £1,200 for the fund, which now stands at more than £47,000.

The cash will be split between Spinal Research and The Nicholls Foundation. On her trip, Claire has also met hundreds of pupils at more than a dozen schools, including Humphrey Perkins, in Barrow upon Soar, English Martyrs, in Anstey Lane, Leicester, and Ashfield Academy in Evington, Leicester.

She has been giving talks and demonstrating her Rewalk suit to the pupils.

Claire said: "We've been to lots of schools and all the kids are really responding well to it.

"I went to a special school the other day and they were brilliant there.

"They were all really excitable and really loved the Rewalk suit."

To support Claire's challenge, text "LEGS60 £3" to 70070, to donate £3.

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