Phil Packer starts 2,012 walking challenge in Chichester

Phil Packer MBE has embarked upon a mammoth 2,012 mile walking challenge, starting at Chichester College, which will see him travel right across the country.

The former army Major who lives in the Chichester area will be walking the distance through every county in Great Britain which will see him finish in London in December.

The aim is to raise awareness for the British Inspirational Trust which supports young people facing adversity, and the need to build a Centre of Inspiration Excellence for the trust which will cost £15m.

Phil, the founder of the Brit, who suffered severe spinal cord damage in 2008 and was told it was highly unlikely he would walk again.

Over the course of the year he will make his way through locations chosen by young people in every county of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, including Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

On the way, he will meet many of Great Britain’s youth who are facing physical and mental adversity, from community groups, schools, colleges and charities who will join Phil at the chosen locations where he will walk.

“The BRIT 2012 Challenge is the biggest I’ve undertaken and it is meets every principle my charity and I believe in,” he said.

“I’m asking 2012 businesses to pledge their financial support to share the costs to build the BRIT Centre. This means schools, colleges and universities can register for the BRIT 2012 Challenge to simply acknowledge and raise awareness of young people facing adversity by completing their 2012 miles as teams rather than fundraising.

“As part of the challenge I’m asking the British public to support their chosen charities by registering for the BRIT 2012 Challenge as teams or individuals.

“The BRIT 2012 Challenge is free to take part in - every penny goes to chosen charities and those charities do not have to pay costs to hold a fundraising event.”

Find out more about the challenge, and what Phil has been up to in the Observer on Thursday, January 26.