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The children were awestruck with your achievements, and many of the parents have contacted me since your visit to say how much they enjoyed your talk, and the values you managed to convey; a huge thank you again!

Clare Bruce - Headteacher - Nottingham High Junior School - July 2017



A truly inspirational story. The best speech we’ve ever had!

David Paton - Headteacher - Radnor House - Sevenoaks - June 2017



A huge thank you for presenting awards and for being our guest speaker last night. You were hugely inspirational and absolutely reinforced our moto 'Success Through Effort'.

Joanne Fieldsend - Ormiston Maritime Academy - Grimsby - October 2015



Ben attended our awards evening and gave a fantastic and inspiring talk on his life, the challenge of Angel Falls and an inspiring take on how to overcome obstacles in life and sport. We have received many compliments since the event and this is largely thanks to Ben’s appearance. A highly recommended speaker.

Dan Bartram - JFS School - Harrow - May 2014



A huge thanks for your involvement with the pupils throughout the day. So many people have commented on the speech at prize giving - which was truly amazing (and very amusing!) the staff and parents were as much in awe as the pupils.

Also from the point of view of your work with our pupils during the sessions, they all have said what a fantastic opportunity it was, so many thanks for inspiring them and getting them to think not only about climbing, but about aiming high and never letting challenge prevent them from trying!

Babs Hynes - Head of Physiological Sciences - Dyson Perrins C of E Academy - Worcestershire - December 2013



Ben spoke at our sixth form presentation evening and inspired, beyond expectation, not only our pupils but also their parents and our teaching staff, with his exciting tales of triumph over adversity. Ben's ability to share his experiences in a manner we could all relate to proved a wonderful way to celebrate our students' achievements, demonstrating that they should continue to aim high.

Kirsty Matthews - Assistant Principal: Head of Sixth Form - South Dartmoor Community College - September 2013



Ben gave a hugely inspiring talk to our Year 11 & 13 students at Awards Evening. He managed this beautifully, despite being unable to use his usual power point presentation and visual aids. We were really delighted at the response from Parents, Students and Staff alike!

Mr Sharpe - Headteacher - St Mary’s RC School - Bishop’s Stortford - September 2013



Ben is an outstanding ambassador for his field and was an absolutely amazing guest of honour! He tells his story with such passion and enthusiasm and is a true inspiration for our students. He delivered his message with a sense of humour inspiring students to embrace the world and meet challenges head on.

Steve Gill - Head of Physical Education - Stoke Damerel Community College - Plymouth - July 2013




This year's Sports Award ceremony was a huge success, thanks greatly to Ben for his presentation on the evening.  The pupils and parents were amazed and inspired by his achievements and thoroughly enjoyed his talk, commenting on it for days afterwards.

Mr C Riding - Headteacher - All Hallows Catholic High School - Lancashire - July 2013



Ben was a perfect choice at our Prize Giving evening as he managed to keep everyone from Year 1 to the Governors entertained and interested – not an easy task! The message was ideal for all the pupils preparing for a new academic year and those moving on to senior schools. I highly recommend Ben.

Tania Botting - Headmistress - Greenfield School, Woking - July 2012



Ben’s appearance at our Sports Dinner helped make the event special, also embedding some really important values within our College, such as inspiration, determination, friendship, courage and excellence. He excited, inspired and engaged the students with photos from his adventures and tales of his life. He’s a truly remarkable character who left our students and staff astounded by his accomplishments and incredible achievements.

Katie Major - Sports Officer - Hadlow College - Kent - July 2011



Once again, many thanks for coming over to Birchfield and giving such an entertaining and inspirational talk. It certainly made our presentation evening into an 'event'!

Richard Summerfield - Birchfield School - Wolverhampton - July 2011



We were fortunate enough to invite Ben to our annual Celebration Evening. Whilst telling his engaging and extremely entertaining story he skilfully addressed the importance of resilience, determination and self-belief as key aspects of success in any walk of life. In doing so, he gave our students a real-life example of how any person can strive for, and achieve, excellence in their lives - no matter what particular avenue they choose to pursue.

David Potts - Assistant Headteacher - Stourport High School & 6th Form - June 2011