In Conversation With… Claire Lomas

On Thursday 19th June we were delighted to welcome Claire Lomas as part of the ‘Stoneygate School In Conversation With…’ series.

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Claire spoke confidently and candidly about her experience since the freak riding accident in 2007 that left her paralysed from the chest down. Since then, Claire has worked tirelessly fundraising for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation – an organisation that she hints are very close to finding a cure for spinal injuries and paralysis.

The children were fascinated by Claire’s story, and the admission that her top five achievements in life had occurred after her accident. Claire completed the London Marathon in 2012 using a ReWalk suit that allowed her to walk whilst aided by tilting and balancing her hips. Achieving such an amazing goal only spurred Claire on further, and after lighting the Paralympic cauldron for London 2012, Claire then went on to hand cycle 400 miles from Nottingham to London. On her way, she stopped at schools to give inspirational talks, just like the one we were treated to.

photo (1)It was fantastic for the children and parents to hear Claire’s positive experiences and hear her mantra: never give up! Even when things appeared bleak, Claire found her inner strength and battled through.

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If you would like to donate to the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, you can visit their website here, or purchase Claire’s autobiography ‘Finding My Feet’ here.

Fiona Cairns Talk

Dear Parents, children and staff,

Please accept a final reminder that Fiona Cairns will be in school tomorrow (Tuesday from 4:20-5:20pm) and will be talking to the children, staff and parents.  All children in Year 5 -8 will attend, as this is their normal prep time.  Younger children are welcome to attend (with their parents) and all parents/relatives/friends are most welcome.

After Fiona’s presentation there will be a chance to ask her some questions.  Then we will hold a free raffle for the children, with a chance to win one of her cakes.  Following this we will auction off some of her cakes, in aid of Fiona’s charity – THE AKSHAR TRUST (which she will mention during her talk). We have chosen to not charge for tickets to the talk, but instead there will be a ‘leaving collection’ in aid of the charity.  We are hoping to raise over £150, so children and parents please be prepared and bring some cash into school on Tuesday.

Finally, at around 5:20pm, there will be a chance to buy one of Fiona’s cookbooks (£12, £14 or £17 – see below) and/or aprons (child £10 or adult £12) and get them signed by her.  This could make a very good ‘Mother’s Day’ or birthday present. So again, please be prepared, as we will only be able to accept cash or cheques.

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If you have any queries about the event please contact Mr Palmer at dpalmer@stoneygateschool.co.uk