Provost welcomes inspiring fundraiser

Phil Packer MBE (left) is pictured with Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster (centre left), Lord Lieutenant James Ingleby (centre right), his wife Moira (right) and members of the Black Watch at Loch Muick.
Phil Packer MBE (left) is pictured with Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster (centre left), Lord Lieutenant James Ingleby (centre right), his wife Moira (right) and members of the Black Watch at Loch Muick.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster welcomed the founder of the British Inspiration Trust, Phil Packer MBE, to the area last week as part of his challenge to walk 2,012 miles across Great Britain.

Despite being told it was unlikely he would ever walk again, Mr Packer has so far completed over 1,360 miles of the challenge which will see him travel through every county of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Mr Packer, who suffered severe spinal cord damage in 2008 while serving in Iraq, began his challenge on January 24, with the aim of raising £15million to build a Centre of Inspirational Excellence for young people facing adversity.

On Day 211 of the challenge Mr Packer was joined by Provost Webster, the Lord Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire James Ingleby and his wife Moira and former Deputy Provost and Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Marcus Humphrey on the Balmoral Estate.

In addition, servicemen from the Black Watch currently providing Her Majesty the Queen’s Guard at Balmoral joined the group to walk along the shores of Loch Muick.

The following day saw Mr Packer visit Stonehaven before continuing his journey into Angus.

Provost Webster said: “I was delighted to be able to walk a few miles with Phil during his incredible challenge, and to show him some of the beautiful scenery we are so lucky to enjoy here in Aberdeenshire.

“Phil is truly an impressive and inspirational gentleman and I am sure he will achieve his goal of raising awareness and building the Centre of Inspirational Excellence in West Sussex. I wish him all the best on the following legs of his challenge.”

Mr Packer said: “Walking in Balmoral has been a personal desire for many years. To finally see this beautiful estate and soak up the calmness and breath-taking scenery was a very special occasion and experience for me.

“It was a truly unforgettable experience and I have super memories of so many kind, generous, warm and inspirational people from Aberdeenshire.”

For more information about the BRIT 2012 Challenge, visit: http://www.britishinspirationtrust.org.uk/HOME.