Phil Packer MBE becomes RNOH Appeal Ambassador
The RNOH Charity is delighted to announce that the Pride of Britain and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award winner, Phil Packer MBE, who suffered severe spinal cord injuries in 2008 whilst serving with Her Majesty’s Forces, has become an official Ambassador for its Redevelopment Appeal.
Phil said: “I know first-hand the importance of the vital support and care that the hospital provides. I do hope that the local community will back this much-needed redevelopment and urge fellow patients as well as their families, friends and all those whose lives have been touched by the RNOH, to do all they can to support the Appeal.
"Being an Ambassador for the RNOH Charity’s Redevelopment Appeal gives me great pride. My surgery and rehabilitation took place over five months at the RNOH. The professionalism of the staff and the quality of care were integral to my rehabilitation and comfort. I am indebted to my surgeon, medical team and my consultant, Dr Angela Gall, for supporting me every step of the way. Through their unswerving dedication, they have given me the opportunity to live my life to the full. It’s an honour for me to support this vital cause.”
Despite being told after his injury that he might never walk again, Phil has completed amazing physical challenges to raise money - over £1.5 million - for charitable causes, including rowing the English Channel, walking the London Marathon over 14 days, and climbing El Capitan over 4 days (4250 pull-ups). Last year he completed his toughest challenge; walking 2012 miles (the equivalent of 310 marathon distances in 331 days) throughout every county of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to raise awareness of his charity, The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), and meeting young people, many of who have endured trauma and adversity.
Rosie Stolarski, the RNOH Charity’s Head of Fundraising, commented: “We are delighted that Phil has pledged his support to our campaign. He is a true inspiration to us all, so we are thrilled that he shares our vision for the hospital redevelopment, which will help to dramatically improve the facilities available to patients and visitors.”
For further information, please visit: www.rnohcharity.org