Sherwood Forest to host charity event for ‘inspirational ex-serviceman’

Historic Sherwood Forest will welcome an inspirational ex-serviceman Phil Packer MBE today (Sunday 9th September) as part of his nationwide charity challenge.

Phil Packer suffered a spinal cord injury while serving in Iraq in 2008 and was told he would never walk again – but his rehabilitation has been so remarkable that he is now taking part in a challenge to walk 2,012 miles in the year 2012.

Mr Packer hopes to raise £15m to build a Centre of Inspirational Excellence for young people facing adversity, as part of the Brit Challenge and he will walk in Sherwood Forest from 1pm today.

He will walk with some local Scouts and is keen for members of the public to take part too.

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 challenge is not due to finish until December.

Notts County Council’s assistant site manager at Sherwood Forest, Paul Cook, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Phil Packer to Sherwood Forest as part of his charity event.”

“Phil and the scouts will walk from the Visitor Centre to the Major Oak as part of the visit and he is keen for people to take part in the event too.”

Anyone interested is invited to meet at the visitor centre from 1pm – the challenge should last around two hours.

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