Athletics - 32nd Virgin London Marathon2012 marathon participant and spinal cord injury fundraiser was commended at the first ever Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards. 

Claire Lomas, from Melton Mowbray, completed the 2012 London Marathon in a bionic suit, has been actively raising awareness of and fundraising for the spinal cord injury charities for five years now.

Claire became spinal cord injured after dislocating her spine in a horse riding accident, and since then has worked hard to raise awareness of and funds for spinal cord injury. Recent accomplishments include lighting the Paralympic cauldron and completing a 400 mile hand cycle across the UK, which Claire completed just this week.

Claire’s hard work and dedication to spinal cord injury has not gone unnoticed. Two members of the SCI community who have been inspired by Claire’s efforts have recognised her achievements by nominating her for a Women in Spinal Cord Injury award, a brand new event launched by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) this year.

The Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards recognise the outstanding women who contribute to the treatment and care of spinal cord injured people across the UK, as well as celebrating the achievements of spinal cord injured people and law professionals.

SIA trustee Christa Dyson says “Claire offers inspiration and motivation to those in the SCI and wider community, both nationally and internationally”.

Unfortunately Claire was unable to attend the event so gold medallist Paralympian Josie Pearson MBE collected the award on Claire’s behalf. Josie said “Had a fantastic evening at SIA’s awards. Thank you for asking me to present an award to a very worthy winner”

The ceremony was hosted by Gary Lineker, on 6 June at the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham. The winners of all 16 awards were announced by SIA’s celebrity ambassadors throughout the evening.

Women in Spinal Cord Injury Awards
Celebrating exceptional women involved in the treatment and care of SCI people, across the UK

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution women make to the lives of spinal cord injured people.

The Winners

We are delighted to announce the list of winners for the 2013 Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards are:

Excellence in Legal Care
Catherine Leech

Outstanding Woman – Armed Forces
Joint winners Kirsty Luard and Clare Williams

Outstanding Woman – Belfast SCIC
Kim Gregg

Outstanding Woman – Glasgow SCIC
Leslie Wallace

Outstanding Woman – Middlesbrough SCIC
Glynis Peat

SIA Community Star
Claire Lomas

Outstanding Woman – Non – specialist Centre
Felicity Ashworth

Outstanding Woman – Oswestry SCIC
Rebecca Dytor

Outstanding Woman – Pinderfields SCIC
Mary Hutchinson

Outstanding Woman – Rookwood SCIC
Kathryn Jones

Outstanding Woman – Salisbury SCIC
Wendy Slater

Outstanding Woman – Sheffield SCIC
Penny Sellars

Outstanding Woman – Southport SCIC
Joan Bridge

Outstanding Woman – Stanmore SCIC
Dr Angela Gall

Outstanding Woman – Stoke Mandeville SCIC
Karen O’Donnell

Inspirational Carer
Danielle Lineker

The Stephen Bradshaw award for Women in Spinal Cord Injury
Karen O’Donnell