Matt Hampson Foundation

Comma proudly supports the Matt Hampson Foundation

Since his accident in 2005 during an England Under 21 rugby training session, Matt has battled hard to live as normal a life as possible. Paralysed from the neck down and breathing via the aid of a ventilator, it is testament to him that he decided to set up the Foundation so that others who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries through sport can receive support and assistance.

As well as his Foundation duties which include, visiting, mentoring, providing advice and fundraising, Matt delivers inspirational talks to young people and businesses around the country. He is also a 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.

If anyone epitomises the Foundation's ethos of 'Get Busy Living' it is Matt Hampson.

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The Get Busy Living Centre is located in the heart of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. This idyllic rural location provides the perfect setting for the home of the Matt Hampson Foundation.

The construction of the Get Busy Living Centre has been a long held personal ambition of Matt’s and is the culmination of years of planning, dedication and endeavour. The Centre is the Foundation’s focal point where people affected by life changing injuries can make use of the state of the art rehabilitation facilities, meet fellow beneficiaries and relax in peaceful surroundings.

Built on the site of an old aircraft hangar the Get Busy Living Centre nestles in the rolling landscape of Burrough-on-the-Hill near to Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Situated in the heart of England with excellent transport links to the rest of the country the Centre enjoys the benefits of a fantastic rural location whilst remaining accessible to beneficiaries from all over the country.

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