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.
Since first being introduced to Matt several years ago we’ve worked on several projects including Matt’s personal shirts and mementos.
Several of our frames hang in the Get Busy Living centre which is a fantastic facility where people affected by life changing injuries can meet others, relax in the beautiful surroundings and make use of the rehabilitation facilities.
We also produce unique items for their many fundraising events held throughout the year. We have a great relationship with both Matt and the Foundation, we’ve worked hard together to develop a style of framing that reflects the “Get Busy Living”ethos and delivers consistent results for their charity dinners and events.
We have used Adam and his team at Sportsframe for many years now, not only are they the best in the business but they really get what the Foundation is about and we are proud to have them as our official Framing partner.