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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Appeal for RYA Sailability

Appeal from the RYA
Help create more opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the sport we all love by sponsoring RYA Sailability Ambassador Major Phil Packer as he walks the 25th mile of the Virgin London Marathon in aid of RYA Sailability.

Phil will be walking each mile of the Virgin London Marathon with a support walker, for a different charity. He will set out at 10am on Saturday 25 April and aims to have completed the 26 miles by 12pm Sunday 26 April. The 25th mile is dedicated to raising funds for RYA Sailability, when he will be accompanied by, Paralympic SKUD sailor, Alexandra Rickham.

About Phil
Phil is a truly inspirational character. After sustaining a spinal cord injury during operational duty in 2008 he has worked to raise funds not only for his fellow injured personnel but the wider disabled community.
“I have now realised that whilst in hospital, the support from many people assisted me through the dark times. The question that I keep asking myself now is “What if I did not have this support; what if I went through this when I was younger?” I am now committed to ensuring I give as much as I can to those young people that need support through those dark days.” Phil Packer
Phil was introduced to sailing during his rehabilitation through Help for Heroes and fell in love with the sport; particularly as it is such an easy sport for people with disabilities to get involved in.
In 2009 Phil undertook three gruelling challenges; rowing the Channel with Al Humphreys, walking the London Marathon over 14 days and hauling himself up El Capitan with a support team of some of the country's best climbers. Phil inspired millions and gained unexpected National recognition, including Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

RYA Sailability is the leading UK charity for disabled sailing and is the official charity of the RYA. Through RYA Sailability over 20,000 people with a disability have been able to experience sailing and sail regularly. Registered Charity Number: 1084351.

For more information on Phil's remarkable challenge, visit www.philpacker.com

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