Wounded rocket-blast soldier arrives in Sunderland on 2,000 mile charity trek + VIDEO

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ALL-CONQUERING Major Phil Packer arrived on Wearside on the latest stage of his epic 2,012-mile charity feat.

The former soldier, severely injured by a rocket blast in Iraq, got a hero’s welcome in Sunderland as he continued his hike around the UK.

Mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonington,  pupils from Witton Gilbert primary school and Berghaus staff join Military fundraiser, Phil Packer (right) as he arrives  in Sunderland as part of his national charity walk, Brit 2012.

Mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonington, pupils from Witton Gilbert primary school and Berghaus staff join Military fundraiser, Phil Packer (right) as he arrives in Sunderland as part of his national charity walk, Brit 2012.

Brave Phil, who defied the odds to walk again, has already completed the London Marathon and rowed the English Channel, for military charity Help for Heroes.

Now the 39-year-old is taking on another gruelling challenge to raise money for a £15million centre for youngsters facing adversity.

“The walk is going really well and I’ve been given a tremendous amount of support, wherever I go,” he said. The welcome I’ve been given in Sunderland has been amazing.”

He visited outdoor clothing company Berghaus, at Sunderland Enterprise Park, and met mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and youngsters from Witton Gilbert Primary School, near Durham City.