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Road to recovery: Inspirational story of paralysed Shrewsbury climber – Shropshire Star

Darren Edwards, 27, broke his back in the accident in August 2016, leaving him instantly paralysed from the chest down and changing his life forever.

Now, the long process on his road to rehabilitation, which has ultimately seen him become a member of the GB kayaking team, is proving an inspiration for others in a similar situation.

His story, which he was encouraged to start writing during his five-month stay at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) in Oswestry, is a moving and honest account of the day-to-day challenge of trying to come to terms with a life-changing injury.

Darren’s story, Strength Through Adversity, has also become a charity which looks to improve the opportunities for people to take part in sport in Shropshire.

He is keen to raise awareness of spinal injuries and is speaking at the ‘Surviving Spinal Injury – The Journey’ event, being held at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry on March 15.

Darren’s said: “I was rock climbing in North Wales with a friend when I was involved in a serious fall and broke my back in the process of landing precariously on a cliff edge.

“Flying by coastguard helicopter to the nearest trauma unit that day, I knew that I had to be prepared for an uphill battle to recover and to rehabilitate from a life-changing injury.

“I am determined to raise awareness about spinal injuries, my charity and how it is helping people in Shropshire.

“So when Lanyon Bowdler solicitors, who are organising the conference, got in touch and asked if I would be willing to attend the event as one of the speakers I was pleased to accept.

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