Phil Packer MBE announced as community awards speaker
We are very proud to announce the speaker for this year’s event - he's someone not to be missed!
Phil Packer MBE was injured on operational duty in Iraq on 19th February 2008 - he sustained injuries to his heart, his ribs and catastrophic damage to his spinal cord.
Just over a year later he embarked on three physical challenges within a six month period that inspired millions. He rowed the English Channel, completed the London Marathon on crutches over 14 days and hauled himself up the sheer rock face of El Capitan, completing over 4250 pull-ups in 4 days.
His efforts raised over £1.3million for the wounded.
In 2009 Phil was named Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and received the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Nine months later he climbed the Three Peaks for Sports Relief with Kate Silverton and in April 2010, Phil took part in his second Marathon. This time he completed the 26 miles in 26 hours, for 26 different charitable causes; a young person from each charity walked a mile with him. He received an MBE (Military) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
In 2012, Phil faced his toughest challenge; walking 2012 miles throughout every county of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to meet young people, raise awareness of his charity, BRIT, and to forge regional relationships. His journey even brought him to the shores of Guernsey and Jersey. With Phil’s spinal cord injury, the effort of walking one mile is the equivalent of 3 to 4 miles for someone without spinal cord injury. He walked the equivalent of 331 marathon distances in 310 days.
After a military career that spanned 17 years, Phil retired from the Armed Forces, to embark on a new life –one where he can make a positive difference to the lives of others. He has made the Mental Wellness and Wellbeing of young people post-trauma his business and duty remains the driving force in his life. Today he dedicates all his time and energy to enthusing and supporting young people who face adversity through his charitable organisation the British Inspirational Trust (BRIT) and from his direct support as an Ambassador or Patron to seventeen other charities.
Phil said: ‘I am delighted to return to Guernsey following an unforgettable experience last year when I was humbled to receive such super support on my challenge. I am delighted to show my thanks by supporting The Community Awards this year.’
For more information about Phil and his work, visit www.BritishInspirationTrust.org.uk . Or follow him on Twitter - @PhilPacker