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Phil Packer MBE Inspires Worcester Students and Staff

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A former Army officer, who suffered a spinal cord injury and was told he may never walk again, visited the University of Worcester to complete part of a 2,012 mile walk.

Phil Packer MBE, who founded the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), visited the University as part of his BRIT 2012 challenge.

He met students and staff and delivered an inspirational talk on the 296th day of his challenge. While at the University he completed six miles of his 2,012 mile walk.

Aiming to spread awareness of adversity and trauma in young people, Phil wants to raise £15 million to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity and help them transform their lives in a positive way.

During his talk, Phil shared his personal story. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2008 and was told that he would probably be unlikely to walk again. His desire for life and motivation made him establish the British Inspiration Trust and complete a wide range of charity events, including rowing the Channel, walking the London Marathon in 2009 and receiving a number of awards in recognition to his efforts, such as Fundraiser of the Year.

Earlier this year, Phil embarked on a challenge to walk 2,012 miles, walking six miles every day meeting young people at schools, colleges and universities across the Country.

Phil said: “This is about providing a physical legacy for our young people who face their darkest times. With the support of businesses and the engagement of enthusiastic young people, like the students at the University of Worcester, the BRIT centre will come to life. It’s been a great day!”

The BRIT 2012 Challenge can be followed on Twitter at @PhilPacker and on Facebook at British Inspiration Trust.