Phil Packer offers advice to Birdham school children

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PHIL Packer MBE returned to his home county of Sussex to give a special assembly at Birdham Primary School.

The former Army major took time out of his 2,012-mile BRIT walking challenge to show the children how far he has come since he suffered severe spinal cord damage four years ago.

Phil not only talked about adapting to life post-surgery, but how he has evolved both physically and mentally in order to face the challenges of marathons, cross-channel rows and daily life.

Headteacher Peter Johnson described him as ‘truly inspirational’.

“It is clear through his personal achievements that Phil Packer is a living testament to those determined to help young people. He came across calm and personable and was so well received by the children.”

Phil, who has walked over half the 2,012 miles so far, invited the children to get involved with his charity BRIT.