Video: Claire Lomas visits school during cycle ride

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A paraplegic fundraiser made an emotional return to her former school today (Thursday) as part of her latest challenge to cycle 400 miles on a hand bike.

Claire Lomas, 32, stopped off at Stamford High School and Stamford Junior School to speak to pupils on the fourth day of the challenge.

Claire Lomas waves to pupils at Stamford Junior School as they clap her as she leaves the school en-route for Peterborough'Photo: MSMP250413-184js

Claire Lomas waves to pupils at Stamford Junior School as they clap her as she leaves the school en-route for Peterborough'Photo: MSMP250413-184js

She hopes to have raised £100,000 for Spinal Research and the Nicholls Foundation by the time she finishes on May 13 in London.

She also gave a lecture to more than 250 people at Stamford High School yesterday (Wednesday).

During her stop at the junior school, Claire said: “It feels really odd being back at my old school, It doesn’t feel like 15 years since I was at Stamford High School myself, but it’s lovely to come back.”

She has affectionately named the hand-powered bike, which is taking her across the country, Herbert, and said it feels comfortable but is hard work.

As of yesterday morning she had covered about 60 miles and was going on to Peterborough.

She said: “The class talks are just as tiring as the ride itself but it is all about raising awareness and funds for the charities.

“It is demanding and they are long days for me but I don’t think any further ahead than the next day.”

Claire, who lives in Eye Kettleby near Melton, was left paralysed from the chest down in 2007 after a horse riding accident.

But she has not let her disability stop her from aiming high and last year the inspirational mum walked the London Marathon in a robotic suit over 17 days.

Anyone wishing to donate to Claire’s cause should text LEGS60 followed by an amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.