Earlier this month, Claire Lomas became the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic ReWalk suit. Unable to walk without it, Claire conquered the London marathon in 16 days, raising more than £160,000 for Spinal Research. Inspired by Claire’s epic achievement? Follow in her footsteps by trying some of her fundraising techniques:
- Give people an opportunity to donate by wearing your JustTextGiving code
Claire gave onlookers the opportunity to donate by putting her JustTextGiving code on her shirt. The result? Over £13,000 raised by text alone. Find out how to set up your JustTextGiving code.
- Reach out to people on Twitter
Twitter is a great way to get people talking about your fundraising.With Claire regularly tweeting along the route, word of her heroic effort quickly spread. Keep your followers updated and always remember to include a link to your page.
- Get in touch with your charity
Spinal Research supported Claire along her entire journey. Not only can your charity be a great source of encouragement, it can also help you tell people just how important their donations are.
Thank you from Claire
Claire’s heroic effort struck a chord with so many of you. When we first mentioned her story on the blog, you told us just how inspired you were by Claire as you eagerly supported her fundraising.
Half-way through her marathon course, Claire had already beaten her £50,000 target. She’s now more than trebled it, raising over £160,000 for Spinal Research. Thanking you all for your support, Claire had this to say:
Thanks to everyone who has donated, supported my challenge and helped raise so much for Spinal Research, who I believe will go on and help so many people.
Thank you from Spinal Research
Spinal Research funds medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck. Here’s what Jonathan Miall, the charity’s CEO had to say about how Claire’s fundraising will help them continue with their ground breaking work:
We’re overwhelmed by Claire’s determination and commitment to complete the London marathon for Spinal Research – it is a stunning effort. Not only has she raised substantial income for our potentially life-changing research but also awareness of our charity and the impact of spinal cord injury.
Make a donation to Claire’s page
You can still make a donation to Claire’s page here. To donate by text message, just send LEGS60 followed by an amount (£ 1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10) to 70070.
Congratulations Claire from everyone here at JustGiving!