As part of his BRIT 2012 Challenge, Phil Packer MBE will be visiting the University of Worcester tomorrow to talk about his life and work.
Since suffering a spinal cord injury in 2008 whilst serving with Her Majesty’s Forces, Phil has embarked upon a series of inspirational challenges to raise awareness of adversity in youth.
In 2009 he rowed the Channel, walked the London Marathon over 14 days and hauled himself up El Capitan. He raised 1.3 million for the wounded and that year became Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and was given the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He recently had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch in London.
In 2010, he turned his attention and main focus to supporting young people who face adversity. He climbed 3 Peaks in 72 hours for Sport Relief and then completed the London Marathon in 26 hours for 26 charities, walking each mile with a young person from each of the charities. He is the Founder and Non-Paid Chief Executive of the British Inspiration Trust.
Phil’s latest venture is a 2012-mile walk across the UK – just four years after being told he would be unlikely to walk again.
Phil’s walk will bring him to the University tomorrow. As part of his visit he will give a short talk and answer questions in EEG089 from 10.15am. Everyone is invited to hear from this inspirational man so please come along and show your support.
Following Phil’s talk, he will begin a 6 mile walk around campus as part of his goal to walk 2012 miles round the UK this year. For further information about Phil and his challenge, please visit www.britishinspirationtrust.org.uk