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Darren Edwards        

Disabled Adventurer & Expedition Leader

Darren Edwards is a former climber and mountaineer who sustained a life-changing injury in the summer of 2016. The near-fatal climbing accident would leave Edwards permanently paralysed from the chest down. With determination, grit and unrelenting resilience, Edwards has overcome adversity to become a record-breaking Disabled Adventurer, Expedition Leader and an accomplished inspirational speaker.

Refusing to let the word disability define who he is as a person and committed to helping challenge the perception of what those with a disability can achieve, Edwards has gone on to lead a record-breaking and world first expedition (Kayak 4 Heroes), which saw him lead a team of five injured/wounded veterans in kayaking 1,400 kilometres from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’ Groats in Scotland.

In 2022, he aims to become the first disabled person to complete a marathon in Antarctica and to run seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents - known as the World Marathon Challenge.

Edwards is a passionate mental health advocate, having lost his father to suicide in 2021. In Spring 2022, he will row the English Channel in memory of his father and in support of mental health charities across the UK.

Speech Topics


  • Resilience
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Mental Health
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Adventure and Exploration

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