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University to support multimillion-pound fundraiser Phil Packer (MBE)

Phil Packer MBE

THE University’s Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Unit (SPRU) is to support multimillion-pound fundraiser Phil Packer (MBE) for his next endurance challenge.

Mr Packer, pictured left, was awarded the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award for his work as an influencer and champion of charitable support for young people.

He sustained injuries to his spinal cord, heart, and ribs while on operational duty in 2008, and doctors who treated him suggested he would never walk again, however, after surgery and intense rehabilitation his injury improved.

Speaking on his website, Mr Packer said his aim was to deliver inspiration, create gender inclusion, and influence areas of self-harm, depression, and mental wellness at the highest level to improve the vital support for young people experiencing trauma in their lives.

He added: "My aspiration is for greater awareness of mental wellbeing and emotional intelligence to ensure that young people have the courage and confidence to ask for the appropriate help, support, and understanding they need to reignite their self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.”

Phil Packer

Mr Packer was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree in Education from the University in 2013, below, having raised more than £1.3 million for the wounded following a multitude of achievements.

This included rowing the English Channel, completing the London Marathon on crutches in 13 days, climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, and accomplishing more than 4,250 pull-ups over three days.

In 2010, he also completed the three peaks challenge in 72 hours and finished the London Marathon in a new personal record of 26 hours.

In 2012, he walked 2012 miles throughout Great Britain to meet with young people and charities, which would approximately equate to 8,000 miles for someone without a spinal injury.

In the last year, he - and his BRIT charity - has been working within the University's Business Incubation Unit on its Bognor Regis campus

His forthcoming challenge - on 14 September - will see him walk a marathon around London in under 14 hours with the aim of raising £1.4m for charity.

The University’s SPRU department are helping to prepare for the challenge, and a specialist team led by Active Sports Manager Paul Wallis, from the University’s Tudor Hale Centre for Sport, are providing physical training and strength and conditioning support.

Phil Packer MBE graduation

Senior Lecturer in Sports Nutrition Dr Sam Blacker has also been working with Mr Packer’s nutritionist, Carol Grainger, to identify nutritional strategies to support his training and challenge, with the help of Sports and Exercise Sciences undergraduate Connor Murphy.

To find out more about Mr Packer and his past achievements visit

Alternatively, for more about the support from the University of Chichester, go to