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Phil Packer charity walk reaches Scotland

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Media captionMr Packer is walking 2,012 miles in 2012 to raise money for disadvantaged young people

An injured serviceman who was told he would never walk again is starting the Scottish stage of a 2,012-mile walking challenge.

Phil Packer suffered a spinal cord injury in 2008 while serving in Iraq.

He started his latest challenge in January, and has now crossed the border and reached Dumfries in the south of Scotland.

Mr Packer hopes to raise £15m to build a Centre of Inspirational Excellence for young people facing adversity.

After passing through Dumfries he heads to Kirkcudbright on Thursday and Wigtown on Friday before making his way around the rest of the country.

He is hiking 2,012 miles in 2012 for charity.

It is the latest in a series of challenges he has undertaken since his injury, which have included rowing the Channel and walking the London Marathon route.

The 330-day walk is not due to finish until December.

The Sussex-born former soldier said it would have been "very easy" to go from Land's End to John O'Groats but he wanted to follow a different route.

"I didn't want to be a burden to the road user or the police," he said.

"So, every day I am hosted by a location within a county and I walk part of my 2,012 miles with wheelchair users and special needs young people so I get a real feel for what it is like for young people and their families in every county.

"I am really excited about August - I am spending 30 days in Scotland walking the 35 Lord lieutenancy counties."

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