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.
Your involvement with Choice Unlimited & LCIL as a charity:
I've been involved for a couple of years now and think the work you guys are doing is so important and I'm really delighted to see how well it is all going.
What made you become a patron? :
I was honoured to be asked to be Patron, I think it fits in with the Foundation and Im very keen to promote people with disabilities and everything that goes with that. I think there should be more choices and I think through charities like yourself we all need to work together to make change.
What you like best about both arms of our organisation:
All that you stand for.