The former Rugby pro was given the bleak news that he would never walk again in April 2017. Within a year, he went from flickers of movement in his toes to pushing his body to its limit, scaling mountains.
Ed – now an adventurer, charity founder, broadcaster, speaker, author, brand ambassador and mentor – wants to help others with a recently-launched podcast one of the ways he is doing so.
“Sometimes in life we are faced with hurdles which seem too high to even contemplate getting over. It’s times like these we look outside of ourselves to find inspiration. I believe my purpose in life is to assist others in realising that they are tough, they can achieve – and no hurdle is too high.” – Ed Jackson
During a weekend off from playing rugby for the Newport Gwent Dragons, Ed dived into a shallow swimming pool and suffered extensive spinal injuries. He almost died from his injuries.
During the following months, Ed endured extensive surgeries and rehabilitation. Despite doctors fearing he would never walk again, Ed’s sheer grit and ruthless defiance saw him beat the odds.
His experience led to Ed developing a passion to motivate others in similar situations.
Co-founding Millimetres 2 Mountains alongside his wife Lois Jackson and former England Rugby international player Olly Barkley, their mission was to create positive change for people attempting to overcome mental health challenges.
Ed has managed to raise over £200,000 since his accident for a number of charities including Millimetres 2 Mountains, Restart Rugby, Wings for Life, Neverest Orthopaedics and the NHS and, this year, he launched podcast It’s Good to Walk (links below).
His conversations with fellow inspirational people stress the importance of communication while championing honesty and vulnerability.
Ed’s broadcasting career also includes Channel 4’s European Champions Cup rugby highlights and recent commentary for the Six Nations.
“As a recovering quadriplegic, I am a living example that no matter how impossible it seems, you can move forward into a brighter future. I’m so excited to see what can be achieved as people realise that they can, and should dream big.” – Ed Jackson