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Capital bid for injured soldier

PUBLISHED: 10:14 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

A SOLDIER who rowed the English Channel and scaled a 3,000-foot cliff face despite serious spinal injuries, will attempt to walk the London Marathon in 26 hours for 26 different charities.

A SOLDIER who rowed the English Channel and scaled a 3,000-foot cliff face despite serious spinal injuries, will attempt to walk the London Marathon in 26 hours for 26 different charities.

Major Phil Packer, who suffered horrific injuries after a rocket attack while on duty in Basra, Iraq, in 2008, has already raised more than £1.3 million though his superhuman endeavours.

In his next challenge, Major Packer will be accompanied by a different young person for each mile of the marathon, each of whom selected by one of the 26 charities.

Major Packer, from Petts Wood, said: "My own personal journey over the past two years and the relationships I have established with a number of charities, has increased my knowledge and understanding of the challenges those living with disabilities face daily."

Last year Major Packer won the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the year Awards. He also won the Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year.

He added: "The outpouring of public support only scratches the surface of the wider support needed to assist those that endure huge physical and mental challenges within our country every day."

The charities aim to use the 26 days in the run up to the 2012 London Marathon, on April 25, to raise as much cash as possible.

After completing the marathon Major Packer hopes his endeavours might motivate young people.

He plans to concentrate his efforts on setting up a centre that will inspire young people with disabilities, and injured servicemen, aged between 16 and 25.

He said: "The British Inspiration Trust will serve not only as a hub of British inspiration, but will provide a legacy for generations of young people."

To support Phil Packer, or to find out more, visit his website at www.philpacker.com.

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