A former army officer who suffered severe injuries while serving in Iraq chose The College Ystrad Mynach as the starting point of the latest stage in his heroic fundraising efforts.
Phil Packer MBE suffered severe spinal chord injuries while on active service in 2008 and was told he would not be able to walk again. However, he overcame adversity and by December, Phil will have walked the equivalent of 310 marathons in 330 days – and a total of 2,012 miles walked in 2012.
His fundraising efforts to date have raised well over a million pounds, gaining national media attention and several national awards. He has since founded the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) which aims to support young people facing adversity.
With his latest feat, he is aiming to raise £15 million to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration - a nationwide rehabilitation facility for young people. Phil hopes to meet and inspire young people suffering with physical and mental adversity, deprivation, medical conditions, injury and also young carers as he travels across every county in Wales throughout October.
He started the latest leg of his walk at the Twyn Road campus, cheered on by students and Cllr Vera Jenkins, Mayor of Caerphilly.
“This is about providing a physical legacy for our young people who face their darkest times. I hope that 2,012 businesses will show their support for our young people who face adversity by creating a Centre of Inspiration together. I also hope to involve young people throughout the year and encourage teams to help charities within their communities.”
Bryn Davies, principal of Ystrad Mynach College, said:
“We’re thrilled that Phil Packer MBE chose to continue his incredible fundraising journey here at Ystrad Mynach. He is an inspiration to everybody and we wish him the best of luck in raising money for his charity and the rest of his massive challenge.”
To find out more about how you can support Phil Packer and donate towards the BRIT Centre of Inspiration, please visit: http://www.britishinspirationtrust.org.uk/HOME.