Major Awarded BBC Sports Honour

Lawyer Backs Recognition For Major Phil Packer


Phil Packer has been awarded a prestigious honour at this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

His latest Hellen Rollason Award follows The Pride of Britain Award for Fundraiser of The Year recognising his efforts to aid military charity Help For Heroes.

Mr Packer, who suffered a serious spinal injury whilst serving in Iraq, raised £1 million in 12 months for the charity.

Later he raised more money by completing the London Marathon on crutches over two weeks, climbing El Capitan - the highest mountain  in the US - and rowing across the English Channel.

He said his inspiration comes from all those he has met along his journey from the disabled community, to medical practitioners as well as family and friends.

The Sussex-born man will be medically discharged from the Armed Forces next year and plans to dedicate his life to supporting Young People with Disabilities.

He will also work for the disabled through the launch of The British Inspiration Trust supported by law firm Irwin Mitchell.

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Andrew Tucker from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "Phil is an inspiration to everyone and thoroughly deserves this award. Irwin Mitchell is very proud to support him in his future endeavours."