Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

The Matt Hampson Foundation – Riding for Rob

Team photo at the lunch stop

Team photo at the lunch stop

Day 1 completed; 76 miles and climbing over 7,000 feet! The weather was very mixed – storms and sunshine which led to one puncture and one crash. Fortunately the rider was able to continue on the spare bike having been patched up by our cycling Vet Ian.
Everyone in good spirits with 100 miles to be tackled tomorrow.

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Rob and Ian with Matt Hampson (in 2015) - Get Busy Living

Rob and Ian with Matt Hampson (in 2015) – Get Busy Living

 

 

One of Rob’s first visitors after his accident 3 years ago, while still in Intensive Care, was Matt Hampson from the Matt Hampson Foundation. Matt and Rob have a lot in common, both being keen rugby players before their individual horrific accidents that led to them both being tetraplegic and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Following his accident Matt set up the Matt Hampson Foundation to offer support, advice and treatment for other young sports people who have suffered a serious injury or disability – people just like Rob. Rob has certainly embraced the Foundation’s ethos to Get Busy Living in all he has approached and achieved since his accident.

 

 

 

A Small Group of 50-Somethings

A Small Group of 50-Somethings

Work experience in London

Work experience in London

Recently Rob’s Dad, Ian, was approached by a couple of old school friends, who he had not seen for 40 years and who wanted to help Rob. They talked him into joining their small group of 50 “Somethings”, cycling coast to coast to raise money for the Matt Hampson Foundation. This particular event is specifically to support an Educational Trust the Matt Hampson Foundation have allowed us to set up for Rob so amongst other things he will be able to undertake work experience as he looks to complete his course at Bristol University and then on to become a lawyer. The complexities of organising and funding the recent week of work experience in London highlighted the challenges ahead; Rob supported by a team consisting of 6 carers required 2 apartments in central London for the week which along with the individuals travel expenses cost close to £4,000!

 

 

 

The new recruit!

The new recruit!

 

 

The challenge starts on 30th September and they will cycle 180 miles over two days, starting in Morecambe, going over the Pennines (8000ft of climbing) and finishing in Bridlington.

Ian has set up his own Donation Page (following the example of the other team members) so if you would like to support Ian and the team any donations would be greatly appreciated!