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5 December 2012

Fundraiser Phil gets support from Millwall

On Wednesday afternoon Phil Packer MBE visited The Den on the latest leg of his epic 2,012 mile “BRIT 2012 Challenge” walk. 
Phil, the founder of the British Inspiration Trust, started his final 90 mile leg of the walk on 1st December and will visit each of the 33 London Boroughs before completing his 2012 miles on 18th December at Canary Wharf.
On his arrival at Millwall, Phil was presented with a signed football to raffle or auction for the cause and a Millwall all-weather top to help protect him from the current cold blast as he continues his trek.
Phil is undertaking the challenge after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 2008 and having been told he was unlikely to walk again; walking seven miles for Phil is the equivalent of over a marathon for a person without a spinal cord injury. He will walk approximately 2 – 3 miles in each Borough of London as part of his journey proving 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 in West Sussex for young people facing adversity. 
When Phil finishes on 18th December, he will have walked the equivalent of approximately 310 Marathons in 331 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.  
The BRIT Centre of Inspiration is planned as 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. It will bring young people nominated by BRIT’s 50 current charity partners under one roof for residential courses to help reshape their lives, inspired by a number of high-profile inspirational figures, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, Ade Adepitan and Sir Richard Branson, who have pledged their support and time to the Centre of Inspiration.
Phil calls on young people, charities and businesses to join him on his final days of the journey in London to show support for the BRIT cause, raise awareness and highlight the importance of helping young people facing adversity. With British Airways, BT, BDP, Land Rover, Calor, Capital Shopping Centres, Dunhill, Virgin and WPP already lined up to back Phil’s quest to build the BRIT Centre, Phil also hopes that by the end of his 2012 mile Challenge on 18th December, more businesses and even possibly individuals pledge their support to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration through gifted contributions in kind or employee time, or pledges of either £10,000 for the capital build or £5,000 for specialist equipment to make the BRIT Centre of Inspiration a reality.
Phil’s unique vision for BRIT is to ensure the charity works in partnership with other charities, providing synergies and, therefore, support for more young people in need. He aims to continue bringing charities and businesses together to create a legacy for young people that has the potential to redefine how charities work together.

About Phil Packer MBE
Phil is the founder and non-paid Chief Executive of the British Inspiration Trust. 
Phil Packer served in Her Majesty’s Forces for 17 years and sustained spinal cord damage in February 2008 while serving on operational duty and was subsequently told it was highly unlikely he’d walk again.
In 2009, to regain self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence, whilst battling depression, he raised over £1.3m for the wounded military personnel in the space of nine months. He rowed the English Channel, walked the London Marathon over 14 days on crutches and hauled himself up El Capitan by completing 4,250 pull ups; all within 16 months of suffering the spinal cord injury.
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, accompanied on each mile by a young person from each charity.  In the same year, he was honoured with the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen. He has also received the following awards: Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Hellen Rollason Award.
Phil Packer has devoted his new life to supporting young people. His dedication and determination to bring charities and businesses together to create a legacy for young people facing adversity has the potential to redefine how charities work together.  His ask of businesses is to come together in 2012 and make history by taking one or more of 2012 Pledges (either £10k or £5k) to raise the £15m needed to build BRIT. This ensures that the public continue to support their chosen charities and businesses can continue to support other charities as well.

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