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2012 Mile Walk Passes Through College

Truro & Penwith College

2012 Mile walk passes through college

Truro and Penwith College both ‘donated’ 4 miles each to fundraiser Phil Packer as he undertook Day 51 of his 2012 Mile Challenge.

Phil Packer sustained a severe spinal cord injury in 2008 whist serving in Her Majesty’s Forces. Despite being initially told he would not walk again, Phil started off raising £1.3m for the wounded by rowing the Channel, walking the London Marathon over 14 days and hauling himself up El Capitan. 

In 2010, Phil turned his attention and main focus to supporting young people who face adversity. He climbed the 3 Peaks in 72 hours for Sport Relief and then completed the London Marathon in 26 hours for 26 charities, walking each mile with a young person from each of the charities. 

Phil spoke to College students as he walked 4 miles around each campus “After 17 years in the Army I didn’t really know what I was going to do with myself. People look at you in a different way and after learning to walk again I felt I had something to offer. I have met young people who are feeling what I was feeling, having their lives turned upside down and I don’t want to let a young person to go through what I went through.”

Phil’s aim is to raise funds to build a centre for young people who face adversity.  Charities will send their young people there for short residential courses aimed at building their self-worth and self-confidence. Phil’s charity the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) already has the backing of people like Sir Richard Branson and David Cameron. Phil explained “I am  approaching inspirational people to pledge 24 hours of their times to advise, encourage and enthuse young people and by doing this non-elitist challenge I can talk to young people as I walk and find out what they need and who they think their mentors should be.”

Phil will be walking 2012 miles throughout 2012 in schools and colleges throughout the UK to meet young people, to inspire and motivate them.  BRIT does not ask for public money as Phil would rather they support their own charities.  BRIT is a charity for charities and Phil is asking businesses to make a pledge towards the centre.