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Phil Packer MBE is calling on the people of Essex to join him on Thursday, 5 April (11am) when he tackles a 10-mile route around Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford as part of his great 2012 Challenge.
Phil sustained spinal cord damage in February 2008 and, told it was highly unlikely he would walk again, Phil founded BRIT – the British Inspiration Trust. Phil’s subsequent fundraising work has seen him receive the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony, and the Pride of Britain Fundraiser of Year Award.
He rowed the English Channel, walked the London Marathon over 14 days on crutches, and hauled himself up El Capitan mountain in California, raising £1.3 million for wounded military personnel in 2009. In 2010, he climbed the Three Peaks during 72 hours for Sport Relief, before smashing his time in the London Marathon by completing the 26 miles in 26 hours for 26 charities.
His current challenge is his most gruelling yet – walking 2012 miles across Great Britain during 2012. Phil is hoping to raise £15 million from businesses to build a BRIT Centre to help young people facing adversity, and he wants individuals to walk alongside him to raise money for the charity of their choice as he covers 10 miles around Anglia Ruskin’s campus and the banks of the River Chelmer.
Having set off from Chichester in West Sussex on 24 January, Phil’s walk will take in every county in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, as well as Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. He expects to cover the 2012 miles in approximately 300 days.
Phil said: “The BRIT 2012 Challenge is the biggest I’ve undertaken and it is meets every principle my charity and I believe in. I’m asking 2012 businesses to pledge their financial support to share the costs to build the BRIT Centre.
“As part of the challenge I’m asking the British public to support their chosen charities by registering for the BRIT 2012 Challenge as teams or individuals. The BRIT 2012 Challenge is free to take part in – every penny goes to chosen charities and those charities do not have to pay costs to hold a fundraising event.”
Phil is the Vice-Patron of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity whose Head of Fundraising, Angela Lodge, will be joining him on the walk. Angela said: “It’s great that Phil has brought his BRIT 2012 Challenge to Chelmsford. He is such an inspiring person and everyone at the charity really values his support.”
To reserve your place on the walk, please contact Rachel Moss on 0845 196 4723 or visit http://www.angliaruskincommunity.eventbrite.co.uk/ For further information about the BRIT 2012 Challenge, please visit http://www.britishinspirationtrust.org.uk