Runner with bionic hand takes on London Marathon to support disabled people

21 January 2016

Nicky Ashwell runningA runner with a bionic hand is taking on the London Marathon to raise awareness of stigma and infrastructure barriers faced by disabled people.

Nicky Ashwell, who wears a prosthetic hand that harnesses motors and microprocessors, is representing Leonard Cheshire Disability in what will be her seventh marathon!

Born without a right hand, Nicky was fitted with the world’s most lifelike bionic hand last year, enabling her to carry out tasks with both hands for the first time.

Nicky said:

‘I want to raise awareness of the problems people with disabilities can face not in coping with their disability, but with infrastructure restrictions and society’s prejudices. 

‘I support Leonard Cheshire Disability because of their work to campaign for change in these areas.

‘I would ideally like any funds I raise to be spent encouraging and supporting young disabled people to achieve their goals, especially in the fields of business and sport.’

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people.

Every year, they support thousands of people in the UK and around the world with physical and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

Nicky, who has been running for ten years, will be among 38,000 participants taking on one of the world’s most famous long distance races.

Originally from Guildford, Nicky is now based in London and works as a product manager in market analysis for creative industries.

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Notes for Editor

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries.
  • The London Marathon involves 38,000 runners and this year takes place on Sunday 24 April. The race will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio. The Highway is the best place for disabled spectators to watch the race. The marathon passes along this road twice, between mile 13 and mile 14 and then between miles 21 and 22.