Former serviceman at Etihad in charity challenge
- Thu 21 Jun 2012, 3:36PM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
A former serviceman who was told he would never use his legs again has visited The Etihad Stadium as part of an epic 2,012 mile challenge.
Phil Packer has taken on the mammoth walk in a bid to raise £15 million to help build a centre of inspiration for young people facing adversity.
As part of his route, Phil walked four miles around City’s home ground, proving again and again that “Anything is possible,” in line with the motto of his charity – The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT).
“I came to Manchester City today because young people aspire to be sports personalities; they look up to players, coaches and the management,” he said.
“The success and victory in the Premier League here this year is an inspiration to many young people.”
The former British Officer suffered a severe spinal cord injury in Iraq in 2008 and for him, walking 8-10 miles is the equivalent of a marathon for a person without a spinal cord injury.
Upon reaching the half-way mark, Phil will be launching an appeal to businesses to pledge either £10,000 for the capital build or £5,000 for specialist equipment, to make the BRIT Centre of Inspiration a reality.
He aims to complete his challenge in London in mid-December. If you want to help check out the BRIT website.