Dwayne's Story

Born in Jamaica, Dwayne came to the UK at the age of six. His formative years in the UK were in inner city London and, wrapped up in the world of street gangs, he became a victim of both knife and gun crime. After a life threatening incident Dwayne made the decision to change his life… forever.

As a child in wild Jamaica, Dwayne loved nature and wildlife and wanted to reconnect to his early life in the forests and hilltops of Jamaica.

So in 2010, Dwayne set himself his first of many challenges, becoming the first black Briton to walk over 400 miles to the magnetic North Pole. On his return he was invited to Buckingham Palace, joining other polar explorers and adventurers and at a reception to mark the centenary of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.

Since then his life has become richer, living a life of adventure and exploration, Inspiring young people nationwide to explore the ‘great outdoors’ – wherever that may be.

As a consequence Dwayne has been awarded the City of London’s highest honour, The Freedom of the City of London’ by the Lord Mayor, for his work with young people.

He has been interviewed about his exploits on all media including the ‘Daily Politics Show’ and has also spoken about his personal goal which is to engage innercity youth with the countryside and the outdoors more generally. 

As a naturalist Dwayne also appeared as a special guest on BBC’s ‘SpringWatch Unsprung’ with Chris Packham, where he explored the wonders of the British Countryside.

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