Staff, parents and pupils were very proud to welcome Phil Packer MBE to Vinehall’s annual Prizegiving ceremony on 3rd July. Phil Packer is a former British Military Police Officer who served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for seventeen years, joining as a Private Soldier. He retired in 2010 as a Major following catastrophic spinal cord damage sustained in 2008 whilst serving on operational duty in Basra, Iraq. Despite being told that he would never walk again, Phil has since undertaken a number of physical challenges for charity, including walking the London Marathon in 2009 over 14 days. His fundraising efforts have raised well over a million pounds, gaining national media attention and several national awards. Phil Packer has since founded the British Inspiration Trust, which aims to support young people facing adversity and Vinehall is keen to support this incredible cause.
Mr Packer presented prizes to pupils from all year groups who had merited awards for progress, industry and achievement and celebrated the characters of all 43 leavers who had won places at fifteen different senior schools, many with excellent scholarship results.
Afterwards Year 8 pupils and their parents shared drinks and a buffet lunch on the school lawn, with a ceremonial opening of the new all-weather table tennis table presented by the Leavers. Staff wish all the pupils happiness and success for the future.