Phil Packer comes to islands for charity hike

Phil Packer
Image caption Mr Packer is walking 2,012 miles in 2012 to raise money for disadvantaged young people

A former British soldier who was told he would never walk again is hiking 2,012 miles in 2012 to help disadvantaged young people.

Phil Packer badly damaged his spinal cord while on active service in Iraq four years ago.

As part of the challenge, the Pride of Britain award winner decided to visit the Channel Islands.

He started in Alderney on Friday, will walk around Guernsey on Saturday then Jersey on Sunday.


He founded the charity BRIT, which helps young people who face adversity in life.

Mr Packer said he started doing physical challenges to regain some self-belief.

He said: "I think I just got on with it. In 2009 I did a number of physical challenges and it was me stamping my feet saying: 'Please don't write me off'.

"Over the last few years I have come to realise there is a lot more I can offer young people."

In Guernsey the scouts will be joining him on his walk, which will see them travel from the Grammar School down to Vazon along to Grand Havre, finishing at the RNLI station in Town.

While in Jersey he will be joined by the island's Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl, as he walks from Green Island to Corbiere.

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