Walk On Scilly As Part Of 2012-Mile Challenge

Phil Packer

A man who was told he would never walk again is visiting the Islands tomorrow as part of a 2012-mile charity walk around Britain.

Phil Packer MBE sustained severe spinal cord damage in 2008 while serving in the armed forces and was told it was highly unlikely he would walk again.

But tomorrow, as part of his BRIT 2012 Challenge walking through every county of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, he will make a 5-mile tour of St Mary’s, starting with a “Cloisters Run” with students at the Five Islands School.

Phil is raising money for the charity he founded, the British Inspiration Trust or BRIT.

The charity aims to help young people aged 16-25 years, including wounded service personnel and young carers, facing adversity through physical or mental disability or deprivation.

Phil is hoping to raise £15m to build a nationwide Centre of Inspirational Excellence in West Sussex that will provide support to help young people facing adversity and increase their self-worth and self-confidence. He has some high-profile support from celebrities such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver.

The route for Phil's walk around St Mary's

Phil says, “Walking 2012 miles will be an enormous challenge. I want young people to take part in it and to show them that they are not alone. I want to connect them with inspirational figures, sporting teams, businesses and the British public.”

Since founding the charity, Phil has rowed the English Channel and walked the London Marathon over 14 days on crutches.

Phil will be starting his walk on St Mary’s at 10.00am tomorrow (Thursday) at the Five Islands School.

You can find out more about Phil’s charity and how to support him at www.britishinspirationtrust.org.uk.