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Pride of Britain: Completing a marathon in robotic suit to raise thousands for charity

We have been asking for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity.

Four individuals have been shortlisted for the chance to become the Midlands finalist for the Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year.

Claire's daughters greeted her at the marathon finishing line. Credit: ITV News Central

Who can forget Claire Lomas' heroic completion of the London Marathon back in 2012, in her robotic suit?

It took her 16 days, and she raised tens of thousands for spinal research charities.

Earlier this year, she shaved seven days off her personal best, completing the Greater Manchester Marathon in nine days.

She was welcomed over the finish line by her two little girls.

Claire Lomas completing the London Marathon in 2012. Credit: ITV News Central

Claire paralysed from the waist down in a riding accident in 2007. She was previously a keen event rider.

She told ITV News Central: "What spurs me on is getting a cure for paralysis.

"My accident was devastating and wasn't without dark days. It's not just not being able to walk. It affects everything else, bowel, bladder sensation, everything.

What spurs me on is getting a cure for paralysis.

– Claire Lomas

"It takes a while to come to terms with, but I did feel lucky I can use my arms.

"That's what makes me get out there and make a difference, and hopefully one day see if they can reverse paralysis."

Claire is devoted to her daughters. Credit: Family photo

She has raised around £700,000 primarily for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

Her latest challenge is to learn to ride a motorbike, which she has described as "terrifying".

"I'm getting better, but I'm riding a lap of all the British Super bike series, over the next year," she said.

"I did my first one at Silverstone, next is Brands Hatch, so hopefully it will get me close to the £1 million mark."

Claire's latest challenge is trying to ride a motorbike. Credit: ITV News Central

Claire says she never thinks about walking because she has a full life with her charity work, motivational speaking and her family to look after.

Her only hope is to improve the lot of people with paralysis through scientific research.

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