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The amazing Major Phil Packer

Posted by Ian Noon on April 22, 2010

Image courtesy of Help for Heroes

I did the London Marathon a couple of years ago in what I thought was a non too shabby time for the National Deaf Children’s Society and felt pretty amazing for it. And then I hear about someone like Phil Packer and suddenly feel very humble.

Despite being severely injured during the Iraq war, last year, the ex-solider completed the marathon in crutches in two weeks, raising loads of money to help those in need. This year, he’s looking to do the same this Sunday, but with a difference – 26 miles in 26 hours for 26 charities. Each mile is being dedicated to a charity that helps disadvantaged young people across the UK.

I feel doubly humble to hear that mile 3 is being dedicated to the National Deaf Children’s Society. Jade, a 17 year old deaf young person, will be completing the 3rd marathon alongside Phil.

In a time when heroes are few on the ground, Phil is a really inspiring man. I’ll be there on Sunday morning to cheer him and Jade on.

If you’d like to donate money for Phil’s third mile, you can do so here.

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5 Responses to “The amazing Major Phil Packer”

  1. I’m copying this over to my blog – what an amazing feat and what determination this man shows!

  2. Its truly uplifting to hear about people like Phil Packer, putting yourself through hell to help others puts many of us to shame.

    Those of us in shame can always donate of course 🙂

  3. […] The amazing Major Phil Packer […]

  4. […] blogging about it last week, I popped along on Sunday morning to see Phil walk the 3rd mile with deaf young […]

  5. […] blogging about it last week, I popped along on Sunday morning to see Phil walk the 3rd mile with deaf young […]

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