An adventurer who was paralysed in a climbing accident at Cove will share her inspirational story at a charity event in Westhill tonight.
Paralympian Karen Darke was left paralysed from the chest down when she fell from rocks while sea-climbing in 1993.
Instead of giving in to her injuries, the then 21-year-old geology student went on that same year to compete as a wheelchair athlete in the Great North Run, before becoming a hand cyclist champion in the World Paratriathlons in 2009 and 2012.
She also landed two silver medals at the 2011 Para-cycling World Cup in Sydney, and at the London Olympics she won silver in the women’s time trial.
Tonight she will join BackStrong Adventures’ founder Gillian Fowler and life coach Moira Darling for an event entitled An Evening of Inspiration: Why We Do What We Do.
Ms Fowler broke her back in a horse-riding accident near Aberdeen, and will also speak about her long road to recovery and why she set up her BackStrong Adventures, which provides opportunities for people of all abilities and helps them realise their dreams.
The trio hope their various experiences will help others overcome their own difficulties.
The event will be held at the Holiday Inn, Westhill from 6.15pm. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are £25, and all proceeds will be donated to Spinal Injuries Scotland.
Tickets will be available on the door, or for more information visit www.backstrongadventures.com/peace-of-mind/backstrong-adventures-camps-retreats or