Ed Jackson is a former professional rugby player who played at the highest level for over 10 years. Two years on from a serious accident that left him paralysed from the neck down, Ed is literally climbing mountains and wants to encourage others to never give up hope. In April 2017, after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool, Ed broke his neck and suffered a spinal cord injury which left him paralysed from the neckdown. Doctors said that he would never walk again... but through sheer determination and intensive rehabilitation, Ed reached the summit of mountains within a year of his operation. Ed inspires others to overcome their fears and details how goals are achievable no matter how impossible they may seem.
Ed's life altering experience has provided him with an incredible ability to motivate people. Drawing on his own experiences, Ed takes you on an honest journey through his accident and highlights the ways in which he took a fearlessly active approach to defy all odds on the road to his recovery. After listening to Ed talk you will be inspired to push through adversity, embrace a more positive mindset and be introduced to the importance of persevering through obstacles with resilience and courage.
In November 2019, Ed climbed Mera Peak! When not climbing mountains Ed can regularly be seen presenting and commentating on Channel 4. Ed was recently listed to appear as a part of the BBC's Tokyo Paralympic coverage in summer 2020, before the event was moved to summer 2021.
"Made a tangible impact on my staff who were hugely complimentary about Ed's inspirational talk. Highly recommend for any team going through a period of change or transformation."
- Gareth Nokes| Chief Financial Officer | Aspen
"Very inspiring talk from Ed Jackson at Microsoft yesterday. Incredible story, amazing what can be achieved with the right mind set and determination. Highly recommend."
- Iwan Evans | Director Customer Programs | Microsoft
"Ed truly has an amazing story to tell and his presentation style is confident yet humble which made for a great keynote talk that was enthused over by all attendees."
- Natasha Preocanin | Associate Director |In-house Recruitment Network
“Ed ran two sessions over Zoom for around 165 colleagues at Diageo. With resilience as the key theme, Ed ran us through his inspiring story and provided the teams with a really clear summary of relatable and relevant advice. The feedback has been fantastic, with team members coming away inspired, more hopeful and significantly more positive about how we can reframe the challenges we’re facing at the moment and come out stronger."
- Sally Cannon | Head of Field Sales | Diageo
This year Ed has raised for charity £52,000 through the Mount Everest stair climb, £23,000 on Walk The Spine, and through a collective effort Millimetres 2 Mountains fundraisers made £20,000 on two Italy climbs which he organised. Along with his charity fundraising he has spent 1-2-1 time visiting and inspiring others with spinal cord injuries. Well done Ed, we can see why you won the BBC West Unsung Hero Award for 2020 - truly inspirational!
Ed embarked on 'Walk the Spine' which is a 15 day, 268 mile walk down the spine of England along the Pennine way. This walk is to help raise money for the M2M Foundation.
After recovering from a severe spinal injury that left him paralysed from the neck down, Ed Jackson has experienced hardship and the power of building resilience. During these uncertain times, Ed is putting this into practice and sharing his journey through the 'Corona Diaries'. Followers are sharing their experiences and offering advice - a community of support is growing with every video Ed shares.
Ed has also raised an amazing £50,000 for charity 'Wings for Life' and the NHS. Ed took on the task of climbing his staircase to the tune of 89,056 steps and 2,783 trips up and down the stairs; this meant that the equivalent of Mount Everest had been climbed, which is a staggering 8,848m.