Honorary graduates

2016

Claire Lomas - sportswoman and dedicated fundraiser for research into a cure for paralysis


Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of her significant contribution to fundraising for spinal injuries research.

Claire Lomas


An exceptionally talented event rider, Claire Lomas was competing at the top level of the sport, when in 2007, at Osberton Horse Trials, she suffered a serious accident. A fracture to her back caused serious damage to Claire’s spinal cord and resulted in her being paralysed from the chest down. Claire decided to prove wrong those who said she would never walk again and in 2012 she walked the London Marathon – in a bionic suit. She finished a gruelling 17 days after setting off and, by the end, her story had captured the interest of the nation.

Claire is patron of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation which has the specific purpose to fund research and development into a cure for paralysis. Her fundraising work – including a 400 mile hand cycle ride which started from Nottingham Trent University and weaved its way to London – has earned her a list of accolades reserved for those who challenge themselves beyond normal human limits. This strength of character epitomises the qualities we aspire for in our students and graduates today.

 

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