Last weekend Form 5 and 6 students in Buchanans and Haywoods listened to a moving tale of bravery and resilience from British campaigner, fundraiser and former event rider Claire Lomas MBE.
Claire suffered a life-changing accident at the Osberton Horse Trials in 2007. She became a paraplegic after she collided with a tree, which caused multiple neck fractures, broken ribs and damage to her spinal cord.
In her speech, Claire shared coming to terms with her injuries as well as setting and overcoming different challenges. These include finishing the London Marathon after 17 days using the ReWalk robotic suit, mono skiing and gaining her motorbike licence. She spoke passionately about facing adversity and not giving up, and proved that determination surmounts hardship.
Students were inspired by her courage, resilience and strength, and below are a few of their comments after hearing her talk.
“Wow....what a woman. So happy so positive. She sees the good in every day despite what she has been through.”
Malaika - Buchs F6
“A moving speech given by an inspirational lady.”
Gentian - Buchs F6
“It's helps put everything in to perspective.” Jack - Haywoods F5