8th October 2009
Southdowns Support Help For Heroes
Major Phil Packer's Heroic London Marathon Walk on CrutchesDuring the summer the courage of Major Phil Packer as he set out to walk the London Marathon on crutches, captured all our hearts.
Paralysed from the waist down as the result of a rocket attack in Basra, the military police officer pledged to raise £1 million for charity Help for Heroes.
A military policeman himself for almost 30 years, Southdowns MD Michael Ayling was quick to offer his support to Philís campaign. A Concorde Charisma 890L motorhome was quickly selected for use as a support vehicle, following Phil as he covered a distance of up to two miles each day, walking the 26- mile route.
Michael drove the Concorde through London, with special permission to park in places that would make a traffic wardenís hair curl, including the Tower of London, the House of Commons and the Mall. Refreshments were provided on board for Phil and his support team and Michaelís grandson Archie helped out too. Despite being only nine, he turned out to be a dab hand at convincing passers-by to part with their money!