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A Walk in the park With Phil Packer MBE

Article posted: Oct 01, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

On Sunday 9th September 2012 a group of 8 cadets went to Sherwood Forest to walk with Phil Packer MBE. We were joined by other cadet forces and organisations to take part in the BRIT (British Institute Trust) walk challenge. His challenge is to walk in one of the nine regions of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man. Phil was injured in 2008 in the Iraq war- he suffered a spinal cord injury and is currently regaining the ability to walk; so the aim of his challenge is to raise awareness of adversity in young people. He wishes to open a centre where young people aged 16-25 who suffer from adversity can visit and spend 24 hours with some celebrities and other recognisable people. He needs to raise £15million to build the centre and hopes to inspire these people to become future BRIT mentors.

The challenge for the day was to walk two laps of the Major Oak Path in Sherwood Forest. When we finished we had walked roughly five miles. With Phil’s back injury, every mile we completed was the equivalent to five for him. This means in one day (after walking seven miles) Phil walked an average marathon. Cadets Wardle, Motson, Hunter, Radford, Maule, corporals Kearsley, Knighton and flight sergeant Grant all thought the walk was inspiring and enjoyable.

Cdt Green
2418 (Sherwood) Sqn