We have brought back the popular Inspire! series of talks this term, which sees inspirational speakers deliver their incredible stories. Our 2021 series begins on Monday 18th January with Head of Sixth Form, Alex Boyd-Williams, in conversation with Ed and Lois Jackson, who overcame unthinkable adversity after Ed sustained life-changing injuries.

Prior to 2017, it was clear to everyone in the wider rugby community that Ed Jackson was destined for a hugely successful career in the sport, having played for Doncaster RLFC, Dragons and London Welsh.

However, in that fateful year, Ed had a life-changing accident when he dived head-first into a shallow swimming pool. Ed had a series of operations and lay quadriplegic in ICU only able to move his right hand. He was warned he may never recover. But Ed’s determination to make the best of his situation through intensive physio work has sparked amazing rehabilitation. Initially struggling to walk metres on crutches, through dedication and hard work, he set himself the challenge of climbing Snowdon, which he achieved in Easter 2018, just one year after his accident.

Ed and Lois will be speaking to Alex about overcoming Ed’s own personal struggles, learning to walk again and regaining his independence and Lois will be giving fascinating insight into what it was like to become her husbands’ carer. Ed’s story is a truly inspirational one of adaptation, determination and achievement in hugely challenging circumstances, when life transpires to get in the way of other plans.

This session will be broadcast on our Framlingham College YouTube channel at 7pm on Monday 18th January. The session will also be available on the channel following the live broadcast for people to watch later. You are welcome to share this link with other people if you feel they would like to join us and enjoy Ed and Lois’ story.

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