A runner with a bionic hand is taking on London Marathon in April 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 at April’s race, 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.”
Nicky, who has been running for 10 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.
Find out more about the work of Leonard Cheshire Disability at the charity website.