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Project information

The Centre of British Inspiration

The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) exists to inspire Young People facing adversity, to give them hope and ambition. We plan to build The British Centre of Inspirational Excellence - an eco building providing residential courses to these Young People and their carer and a centre for charities.

December 2010 - December 2012

Charity information: British Inspiration Trust

British Inspiration Trust logo
  • Need


    It can be devastating dealing with physical or mental
    disability, with deprivation, with injury and wounding,
    or with being a young carer looking after someone dealing
    with any of these. The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) exists
    to provide vital support, hope and ambition to young people (16 to 25) facing this kind of adversity and to inspire change in them
    and wider society. Currently there is no charity focused on this approach and no centre dedicated to running inspirational courses.


    Building a centre will allow us to offer residential courses in a state of the art facility. We will work with other charities who will nominate Young People to attend short residential courses in a topic which interests them. The course will bring the Young People into contact with inspirational figures who will encourage and enthuse them. Subsequent work placements will give them experience working in their chosen field inspiring them to overcome the barriers they face to achieve their aim.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build the first British Centre of Inspirational Excellence


    » Obtain a suitable site for the Centre
    » Raise £10m to fund the construction of the Centre and £5m to equip it
    » Engage other charities and Young People in BRIT

    What success will look like

    Success will be by providing a beacon of hope and central focus for inspiring Young People facing Adversity across the country

  • Impact


    This project will inspire those directly involved to achieve more with their lives. It will create a greater awareness of the contribution these people could make to society. We also aim to increase the degree of cooperation between charities to enable more Young People to get the support that they need.


    Lack of support from Young People: We have formed a Visionary Steering Committee consisting of Young People facing adversity
    Lack of support from other charities: We are working with other charities and several leading players are acting as advisers to BRIT
    Lack of support from inspirational people: We have support from inspirational figures from a range of fields
    Lack of suport from the public: Phil Packer who established the charity is a well known figure and a media campaign in planned


    Regular briefings and meetings

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000,000 Capital Costs Cost of buildingthe Centre
      £5,000,000 Equipping the Centre Adaptive Equipment for any disability
  • Background


    The Centre will be built near Chichester, West Sussex. This is an ideal location given its proximity to many existing facilities, the inspirational environment and it will enable us to leverage existing local support


    Young People facing Adversity, their families and carers as well as the country generally; a Centre of British Inspirational Excellence the nation will be proud of. Other charities will benefit from the opportunity to have Young People they know attend the courses offered. Charities will also gain from our intention of acting as a hub for all charities serving this target group - connecting Young People with other charity who could help them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    BRIT is lead by Phil Packer who has already inspired many people with the way he has handled the adversity he has faced. There is no existing charity which is focused on using inspiration to motivate such a broad range of Young People between 16 and 25 year old and no other charity offers the planned programme of activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phil Packer MBE

    Founder and Non-Paid Chief Executive. Phil sustained a serious spinal cord injury but has since completed two London Marathons and other challenges.

    Jayne-Anne Gadhai

    Trustee and CEO of Virgin Money.

    Martin Lewis

    Trustee and CEO of Network Critical Physical Infrastructure Solutions

    Various Corporate Supporters

    BDP. Architects to the centre Start Ltd - creative support to BRIT Ketchum Pleon - media support Virgin Money - seconded resources

Phil Packer Pride of Britain Awards October 2009

Phil’s British Inspiration Trust is visionary. I stand by Phil

Sir Ranulph Fiennes BT OBE