Former army major walks part of 2,012 mile UK challenge in Ilford for charity

A former army major who was injured while serving in Iraq has completed part of his 2,012 mile walk around every county in the UK in Redbridge.

Phil Packer MBE walked two miles in Valentines Park, Emerson Road, Ilford on Sunday morning.

He is on the last stretch of the BRIT 2012 Challenge walk, which will take him through every London borough before he finishes in Canary Wharf on Tuesday.

Mr Packer was told he may not walk again after his spinal cord was severely damaged in 2008 but went on to climb mountains and walk marathons.

He is the founder of the British Inspiration Trust, which aims to bring together charities to support young people facing trauma, despair and suffering.

The epic walk aimed to raise �15million for a new centre in West Sussex.

Mr Packer said: “I’ve been meeting thousands of young people along the way and it made me realise how much the centre is needed.”

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He was accompanied on his walk in Valentines Park by Redbridge firefighters, including borough commander Steve Brown, and the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Muhammed Javed.

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