MBE hopes to inspire Ayrshire in charity walk

Ayrshire residents will have the chance to greet forces veteran and British Inspiration Trust CEO Phil Packer MBE on the Scotland leg of his more than 2000 mile charity trek.

Phil will reach Ayrshire and Arran on Saturday (August 4), and will already have completed 1,211 miles out of his epic 2,012 mile “BRIT 2012 Challenge” walk despite only having begun on Wednesday.

Phil is doing the challenge after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 2008 and having been told he was unlikely to walk again. Walking 8-10 miles for Phil is the equivalent of over a marathon for a person without a spinal cord injury.

Phil will spend the whole of August walking in every county of Scotland before returning to London in December for his final month. There he will walk in each of the 33 London Boroughs before completing his 2012 miles at Canary Wharf.

Phil aims to raise £15 million to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity. When he finishes in December, he will have walked the equivalent of approximately 310 Marathons in 330 days.

BRIT marks Phil’s ‘new life’ dedicated to the cause of young people who face adversity. The charity operates through gifted support due to its minimal overheads and the fact the Phil draws no wage. 

Over the last four years, the challenges Phil has undertaken for others and his determination to support charities and young people have inspired millions.

The fundraising hero has been selected as an honorary torchbearer for the London Olympics and carried the Olympic Flame on July 26 - the 186th day of his BRIT 2012 mile walk – and the day before the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

On his journey, Phil is looking forward to meeting and talking to young people and charities within the local community who will hopefully join him on the challenge. He hopes that schools, colleges & universities will his take him up on his invitation to show their support for young people facing adversity.

Young people can do so by registering for the “BRIT 2012 Challenge” via the BRIT website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel and completing 2012 miles this year as teams.

One of the teams will receive a cheque for £2,012 on the final day of his walk in London in mid-December 2012 following a draw on the day; the team can decide on which charity the money goes to.

When Phil arrives in Ayr at the weekend he will walk six miles from the Citadel Leisure Centre on South Harbour Street, starting at 11am.