We’ve been following Phil Packer’s campaign to raise £1 million for Help for Heroes and we’re delighted to say that he’s done it! From the original prognosis of never being able to walk again, through a series of seemingly impossible challenges Phil has motivated so many people to support him and has managed to raise the £1 million in just over a year. Congratulations to Phil from everyone here at Justgiving – your strength and courage has been a real inspiration to us all.
Even though he has beaten his target he isn’t stopping now and on the 9th June he will attempt to pull himself up El Capitan Mountain – 1800ft, with 4254 pull ups over 3 days. Find out more about his next challenge on his website and sponsor him on his Justgiving page.
Phil wanted to thank everyone who has supported him through his challenges and asked us to share this message with you all:
“The intent to raise £1million for Help for Heroes was, I have discovered, my way of taking some form of responsibility and role to replace those that disappeared on the 19th February last year when I left the men and women I commanded and cared for passionately. I felt I lost control of everything; felt inadequate, my confidence disappeared and I woke up with a feeling of complete emptiness. This original Quest was a way of giving something back and selfishly perhaps, was a way of filling the void in my life. I appreciate every donation I have received; I read every letter and every message. I could never have reached this target without the constant support of all my family and friends that have worked tirelessly to help me. The National Press have been fantastic and have raised the profile of my campaign, and so many, through their generosity, have made this £1million for those that need such vital support. Thousands of remarkably selfless acts of kindness that make a difference.
I will continue to strive to boost the £1million we have reached and go all out to gain more support for Help for Heroes whilst on the El Capitan Mountain Challenge. I also sincerely hope that these challenges are and will raise awareness of disability and enthuse others. When I have reached the summit, I hope to be able to announce where and how this Quest will develop and then to provide a Statement of Intent and the next stage of this journey.
Once again, to everyone who has made this possible and made this happen; thank you – I would not be here without your support and your kindness. It doesn’t stop here!”