Phil Packer, who suffered severe spinal injuries in 2008, joined forces with BBC’s Kate Silverton to embark on an inspirational challenge for Sport Relief.
The daring duo begin an extraordinary journey to the summits of the three highest peaks in the UK - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon – in just 72 hours. It will be a gruelling challenge – they’ll climb in the dark, in treacherous weather conditions and with little or no sleep.
To complete the team, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Clive Woodward will walk Snowdon, the final mountain, with Phil and Kate.
Sir Chris Bonington said, "Hearty congratulations. This really is a huge achievement of more than Everest proportions for a very worthy cause. I only wish I could have joined you on part of your magnificent odyssey."
Phil is no stranger to going the distance for charity as he has already rowed the English Channel, walked the London Marathon over 14 days and hauled himself up El Capitan, through over 4,250 pull ups. He wants to inspire young people living with disabilities, deprived young people and injured service personnel.
Phil says: “I hope this Sport Relief challenge will be inspiring to others to give to this tremendous organisation. For so many, life can be challenging and at times it can be hard to cope with. Sport Relief has the ability to support and improve the lives of so many, but it needs our help and I hope our challenge will encourage others to rise to the challenge this year.”
Kate says of the challenge, which involves a minimum of 10,000 feet of ascent and descent, approximately 20 miles of walking and a road trip of 460 miles: “It’s typical of Phil to choose something that will test him so completely. This is the perfect Sport Relief challenge for us and I will be very proud to walk with Phil every step of the way."
Sir Steve Redgrave says: “I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to join Phil. I am really excited about joining Phil on this expedition to raise money for Sport Relief, a charity which I have been closely involved with for many years.”
For more information: philpacker.com
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