Monday, May 25, 2020

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Claire Lomas TT challenge: ‘I can only feel the handle bars’

Published: June 20, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The idea of racing around the Isle of Man’s world-famous TT course is terrifying for most us.

Yet Claire Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, hopes to do just that while only using her hands to control her motorbike.

“The bike has hand-controlled gears, Velcro on my knees to stop them flapping, and toe clips to stop my feet sliding,” she said.

“I’ll have someone to launch me and some poor person has to trust me as I ride towards them for them to catch me!”

Ed Jackson: Dragons rugby player on his battle to walk again

Published: June 27, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,


Saturday, 8 April, 2017 was the day that changed the life of rugby player Ed Jackson forever.

The Dragons number eight had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one “freak” moment later – as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end – left the 28-year-old with a broken neck.

Legacy of a fearless fighter

Published: August 30, 2012

The Paralympic Games were the creation of one remarkable man.

It was on November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht in Germany, when Jewish property was destroyed wholesale and about 30,000 Jews arrested, beaten, murdered or dragged off to concentration camps, that Ludwig Guttmann, the medical director of the Jewish Hospital in Breslau, instructed his staff to admit without question anyone arriving that night.

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