The Matt Hampson Foundation – Riding for Rob
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.
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 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!