Disabled polar explorer inspires Datchworth

PUBLISHED: 16:44 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:47 12 April 2017

Disabled explorer Michael McGrath attracted a sell-out audience in Datchworth.

Disabled explorer Michael McGrath attracted a sell-out audience in Datchworth.

Archant

An explorer who has defied crippling disability to reach both the north and south poles gave an insight into his adventures to a sell-out audience.

Disabled explorer Michael McGrath attracted a sell-out audience in Datchworth.Disabled explorer Michael McGrath attracted a sell-out audience in Datchworth.

Michael McGrath, an internationally recognised motivational and business speaker, addressed Datchworth Women’s Institute yesterday to mark its 90th birthday.

Shirley Ashby, branch secretary, said: “Michael opened his talk by telling the audience a little about his early life and how, at the age of 18, everything changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

“He has made history by being the first disabled person to lead expeditions to both the North and South Poles, where he faced temperatures of minus 40 degrees.”

His adventures inspired him to found the Hertfordshire-based charity Muscle Help Foundation, which funds exciting experiences for young people with his condition.

Disabled explorer Michael McGrath attracted a sell-out audience in Datchworth.Disabled explorer Michael McGrath attracted a sell-out audience in Datchworth.

Shirley continued: “Michael ended his talk with some short film clips of young people who had achieved their dream, and also the proud moment when he achieved his own dream of reaching the poles.

“Michael’s credo – ‘As much as I can’ - is truly an inspiration for all disabled people.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times