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Paraplegic fundraiser Claire Lomas awarded MBE

A woman from Leicestershire who's raised thousands of pounds for charity has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List.

In 2007 Claire Lomas was left paralysed after a riding accident, but has since gone on to raise huge sums for spinal research. Now she's been recognised for her charitable and voluntary work

  • Video report by Phil Brewster

It's nearly 10 years since a horse riding accident left Claire paralysed from the chest down. Since then she's gone on to raise almost £600,000 for Spinal Research and now those efforts have been recognised by the Queen.

Right from early on after my accident I knew I wanted to raise as much money as I could to help cure paralysis. And you never really think you're going to end up with MBE after your name or anything like that. It's quite incredible really.

– Claire Lomas, Charity fundraiser
Claire Lomas first came to prominence when she took part in London Marathon Credit: PA

Claire from Eye Kettleby in Leicestershire, first came to prominence in 2012 when she took part in the London Marathon in a robotic suit. It took her 17 days to complete the course and she raised more than £200,000 in the process. She's gone on to complete a number of challenges earlier this year she completed the Great North Run - five days after starting.

We are bursting with pride with the work that Claire's done and how she's raised the funds - not just for herself, for everyone else - and been so inspirational. She's an absolute joy to us.

– Martin Lomas, Claire's father
Claire Lomas is looking forward to 2017 Credit: ITV News Central

Although there's been dark days Claire Lomas is looking forward to a new chapter. Claire is 32 weeks pregnant and will be welcoming a new addition to the home in February next year.

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