Chairman: Phil Packer, MBE
There are over 100,000 charities working tirelessly across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants have not been included on this list, however they are some of the most influential members of society and lend their support to many charities within their respective county. Charity chief executives have also been omitted, as for the most part their influence is as part of a team of staff who all would deserve collective recognition. This list has recognised just a small number of individuals, amongst so many, whose influence continues to shape the charity sector or whose decisions this year are inspiring others to follow their example.
Phil Packer has inspired millions and through his aim, delivers inspiration, creates greater inclusion and influences in the areas of self-harm, depression and mental wellness in order to improve the vital support for young people experiencing trauma in their lives. After sustaining catastrophic spinal cord damage, in 2009, Phil rowed the Channel, walked the London Marathon in 14 days and climbed El Capitan, completing 4250 pull-ups, raising over £1.3million for the wounded. He received the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He completed the London Marathon in 2010 in 26 hours for 26 charities and in 2012 he walked 2012 miles throughout every county of the UK; with his spinal cord damage this was the equivalent of 310 marathons in 331 days. As a charity ambassador and as founder of the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), he is a highly respected figure within the charity sector.
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- The Princess Royal
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- Rock star and film producer
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- Founders The Waterloo Foundation
- Television presenter and actor
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