FUNDRAISING hero Phil Packer has finally completed the last leg of his toughest charity challenge yet.
The ex-Army major finished the last stage of his BRIT 2,012-mile awareness walk at Canary Wharf on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite a spinal cord injury, Phil has walked the equivalent of 310 marathons in 331 days.
Phil’s charity, the British Inspirational Trust (BRIT), is dedicated to improving the lives of young people living in physical, emotional or mental hardship.
As the charity does not accept public donations, Phil, who is a patron, ambassador and envoy for more than 15 charities, has met with businesses, individuals and organisations to ask for their backing to raise awareness.
“This has been an extraordinary year and completing this challenge is a landmark way to finish,” said Phil.
“Not just in terms of completing this challenge, but in terms of BRIT. 2013 needs to be the year this charity comes to life and I need businesses to step up and help us do that.
“The challenge now is about building a legacy for a part of our society – young people with post-traumatic experiences desperately in need of our help.”
After a year on the road, Phil is ‘back for businesses’ and asking business leaders to give him an hour of their time to discuss how they can work together and ‘build a legacy.’
The BRIT Centre of Inspiration is planned as a unique facility that will aim to transform the lives of young people contemplating self-harm or facing depression and despair as a result of traumatic experiences.
Christopher Colfer, chief executive of Alfred Dunhill Ltd, is one of many supporting the charity.
“It’s vital we support young people at times in their lives when they most need help,” he said. “The BRIT Centre has the potential to support and inspire young people who are in desperate need of regaining their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. We are delighted to be part of this vision.”