Major Phil Packer Climbs El Capitan for Charity: Help for Heroes


Phil Packer Climbing El Capitan - ITN Report 2

Phil Packer Climbing El Capitan - ITN Report 1

Major Phil Packer began the ascent of El Capitan on Saturday 6th June, and finished June 10th alongside leading British climbers Andy Kirkpatrick (expedition leader), Paul Tattersall, Ian Parnell and Ben Pritchard. For paraplegic Phil, the ascent is the equivalent of 4,254 pull ups.

Phil Packer has been working on a Quest to raise money for Help for Heroes and provide information on sports and events to the disabled military community and wider disabled community since he was in hospital last year. Phil was injured in an incident in Basra on February 19, 2008 and despite the original prognosis of paraplegia and an unlikelihood he would walk again, his injuries have improved; he has been very lucky. He has received superb medical support from the NHS and Defence Medical Services and has had fantastic friends and family to assist him. To enthuse, and hopefully inspire others, Phil has laid down the Gauntlet to try any disability sport in order to give positive awareness to young people with disabilities. He reached his target of £1 million for Help for Heroes and whilst he will continue to support and raise more for them, he has turned his attention and energy to assisting young people with disabilities by setting goals like rowing the English Channel and providing links and information on the sport. He intends to do this for as many sports as possible.“A Remarkable Achievement. Congratulations!” – HRH The Prince of Wales This has been a difficult year and Phil has experienced a wealth of emotions, however with faith, hope and friendship, his life has changed around and he wants to use it now to make positive difference to others with Determination, Teamwork and Dignity. He cannot do this alone. George Eliot wrote “What we do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for others?”. If you can assist, Phil would be very grateful for your support.

Major Packer of the Royal Military Police was expected never to walk again after suffering a spinal injury whilst serving his country on operations in Iraq in February 2008.

Major Packer captured the hearts and minds of millions of people in the UK and around the world when he started the London Marathon on crutches on 26th April, 2009 having taken his first unaided steps just 6 weeks earlier. Major Packer painstakingly covered just 2 miles/day and after 2 weeks, completed the 26.2mile marathon.

From the original prognosis that he would not walk again, Major Packer has undertaken a number of challenges, including rowing across the English Channel (February), and now he has his sights set on his final big challenge – hauling himself up El Capitan.

Major Packer has already raised in excess of $1.6million (£1m) for charity Help for Heroes, which helps injured service men and women, and with this challenge he hopes to inspire young people with disabilities and raise awareness of disability sport in the wider disabled community.

HELP PHIL RAISE MORE THAN £1M FOR H4H Help for Heroes supports our wounded. Help for Heroes provides practical direct support to those servicemen and women wounded in the line of duty in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charity Registration No 1120920

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