Pupils from Witham Hall School recently took part in a Fun Run and raised a staggering £10038.70 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
Earlier in the term the pupils had listened to an inspiring talk from Claire Lomas, a talented local event rider who had a freak accident whilst competing at Osberton Horse Trials in May 2007.
Today, both her core and legs are paralysed and she has no sensation from the chest down.
Remarkably, in 2012 Claire became the first paraplegic to walk a Marathon in a robotic suit. It took 17 days.
The pupils were undoubtedly inspired by Claire’s talk which focussed on how she has rebuilt her life, the birth of her baby, training for new challenges, and the importance of planning for success, team work, and making dreams come true.
As a result of listening to Claire’s story, the children were moved to contribute to, and support, her charity. As such, fundraising began in earnest for a Fun Run which took place on Friday 2 May.
Witham Hall Events Manager, Mrs Viv Stanton, had kept the running total a secret from the pupils and there was much excitement when, in front of the whole school community, Headmaster, Mr Charles Welch, presented Claire Lomas with a cheque for £10038.70.
Mr Welch congratulated all of the children for their incredible combined effort in raising such a fantastic sum of money for the Nichols Spinal Injury Foundation. Claire Lomas on accepting the cheque said “I am absolutely overwhelmed and delighted by the huge amount Witham Hall managed to raise for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, a fantastic charity doing fantastic research to help cure paralysis.