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In 2008, Phil sustained serious spinal cord injuries whilst on operational duty with Her Majesty’s Forces. The doctors who treated him at the time told him it was highly unlikely he would walk again, but in 2009, he walked his first London Marathon in 14 days.
Phil raised over £1.3m for the wounded in 2009 and in doing so, captivated the nation. Phil continued show extraordinary determination to overcome his own adversities and went on to complete a series of incredible challenges that included rowing the English Channel with Alastair Humphreys and climbing El Capitan, earning him national recognition including Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 2010, he returned to complete the London Marathon in 26 hours, raising money for 26 charities. Not satisfi ed with these achievements, Phil set out to walk 2012 miles in 2012, crossing every county of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the equivalent of 310 marathon distances in 331 days to raise awareness of BRIT and partner charities as well as meeting thousands of young people across the UK.
Dr Angela Gall, the Spinal Injury
Rehabilitation Consultant at the London
Spinal Injury Centre said;
“His previous challenges have been extraordinary achievements and this is another enormous challenge. The literature (physiological cost index) estimates the energy Phil uses when walking is 3 to 4 times that of someone without a spinal cord injury. Phil will be walking an equivalent of 80 to 100 miles in 14 hours”.
“The funds will shape the vision of BRIT and allow us to work with young people, together with our Charity Partners, by holding inspirational events that will involve them in design, planning and strategy groups. Together we will invest in, empower and involve young people with every area of our pre-
Phil Packer | Founder & Non-
We would welcome donations; be they £14k, £1.4k, £140 or £14, however, gifted professional services, secondments, or resources will also dramatically reduce our operational overheads.
We aspire to increase our current 50 Charity Partnerships. These charities work with us to develop the Centre, our activities & events and will ultimately refer their young people.
We aim to introduce our young people to educational opportunities. By partnering with us, we will develop a UK wide network of FE & HE
Six years after completing the London Marathon in a punishing 14 days after sustaining a complex spinal cord injury whilst serving on operational duty, Phil Packer MBE, Founder & Non-
Inspirational figures, representatives from BRIT’s charity partners and their young people who are inspired by the intent to build a dedicated centre, joined Phil on the BRITATHON route.
Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL greeted Phil on the finish line at The Tower of London.
BRITATHON kick started a fundraising drive to invite businesses to help BRIT accelerate the development of the UK’s first ever Residential Centre of Inspiration dedicated to charities supporting young people facing trauma and adversity. Businesses and individuals are being invited to pledge their support.
Ask Businesses or Individuals to pledge
£14k, £1400 or £140 to raise £1.4m.
Invite young people and the British Public to champion BRIT through social media channels
Encourage Charities, Businesses, Colleges &
Universities to join our journey as partners