Friday 20 October, 2017
Today staff at The Greenray Group were honoured to have the opportunity to listen to a talk from Matt Hampson who set up his own charity foundation after he had a major accident in 2005 whilst rugby training. Matt was a promising England Rugby under 21 and Leicester tiger’s player, but a horrific rugby training accident left him paralysed from the neck down and breathing with the aid of a ventilator.
Instead of resting on his laurels, Matt has battled to live a normal life as possible and decided to set up the Matt Hampson Foundation with a view of “Get Busy Living”. The foundation is aimed at supporting similar sports people who have had traumatic injuries and is currently in the process of building a rehabilitation centre in rural Leicestershire. His foundation duties include mentoring, fundraising, providing advice and visiting various organisations to inspire people with his story.
He also finds time to forwards coach at Oakham School and Oakham Rugby Club, an ambassador for both the RFU's injured Players Fund and Restart (The Professional Rugby Association's charity). Patron of Special Effect a charity set up to help disabled children communicate through technology. Matt's book 'Engage' describes the circumstances surrounding his accident and subsequent rehabilitation. It received critical acclaim and won a Sports book of the year award. He also writes columns for the Leicester Mercury, Rugby World Magazine and Sky News as well as featuring regularly on TV and in the written press.
One of the original founders of Greenray, Peter Howard is a big supporter of Leicester Tigers and the Matt Hampson foundation, and Iain Lister CEO of Greenray is continuing this tradition from a personal perspective in helping support the foundation, and through various events managed to secure “Hambo”s presence at The Greenray Group Head Office for a #GetBusyLiving campaign talk this month.
Pictured left to right is Iain Lister CEO of Greenray, Matt Hampson founder, Norman Davies COO of Greenray and Spencer Watts Beneficiary of the foundation.
more information on the foundation and how to get involved visit http://matthampsonfoundation.org/