Having already completed 1,304 miles out of his epic 2,012 mile “BRIT 2012 Challenge” walk, Phil Packer MBE reaches Kincardineshire and Angus on 21 August as he continues his 168 mile walk in Scotland he started on 1 August as part of his BRIT 2,012 mile Challenge.
Phil is doing the challenge after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 2008 and having been told he was unlikely to walk again; walking 8-10 miles for Phil is the equivalent of over a marathon for a person without a spinal cord injury. He will walk 3 miles in Kincardineshire in the morning, followed by 3 miles in Angus (45 CDO Gp, RM Condor, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 3SP) from 13:30. Lord lieutenant Georgiana Osborne will be attending. Phil proves time and time again that “Everything is possible,” in line with the motto of his charity – the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), as he aims to raise £15 million to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity. When he finishes in December, Phil will have walked the equivalent of approximately 310 Marathons in 330 days. BRIT marks Phil’s ‘new life’ dedicated to the cause of young people who face adversity. The charity operates through gifted support due to its minimal overheads and the fact the Phil draws no wage.
Phil will spend the whole of August walking in every county of Scotland. He will return to London in December for his final month when he will walk in each of the 33 London Boroughs before completing his 2012 miles at Canary Wharf.
Over the last four years, the challenges Phil has undertaken for others and his determination to support charities and young people have inspired millions. The fundraising hero has been selected as an honorary torchbearer for the London Olympics and carried the Olympic Flame on the 26 July 2012 - the 186th day of his BRIT 2012 mile walk – and the day before the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Phil Packer reached the half-way 1,006 mile mark of the BRIT 2012 Challenge on 22 August 2012, when he launched an appeal to businesses to pledge either £10,000 for the capital build or £5,000 for specialist equipment to make the BRIT Centre of Inspiration a reality. British Airways, BT, Calor, Capital Shopping Centres, Dunhill, Norton, Virgin and WPP have already lined up to back Phil’s quest to build the BRIT Centre, a unique facility that will aim to transform the lives of young people contemplating self-harm or facing depression and self-despair as a result of traumatic experiences. Phil’s unique vision for BRIT is to ensure the charity works in partnerships with other charities, providing synergies and, therefore, support for more young people in need. He does not ask the public for financial support. Phil hopes that by the end of his 2012 mile Challenge in December, the 2012 opportunities for Businesses and Individuals to Pledge their support to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people will have been offered that would undoubtedly inspire millions.
On his journey, Phil is looking forward to meeting and talking to young people and charities within the local community who will hopefully join him on the challenge. Phil hopes that schools, colleges & universities will his take him up on his invitation to show their support for young people facing adversity. Young people can do so by registering for the “BRIT 2012 Challenge” via the BRIT website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel and completing 2012 miles this year as teams. One of the teams will receive a cheque for £2,012 on the final day of his walk in London in mid-December 2012 following a draw on the day; the team can decide on which charity the money goes to.