Walk for Matt 2009 rugby charity appeal

Rugby charity appeal – walk 4 Matt

Rugby charity appeal – walk 4 Matt

walk4mattFollowing a nudge from Nick over at Welsh Rugby Blog (see how quickly I forgive the loss last year…) here’s what sounds like a  good cause:

Matt Hampson is an inspirational figure. Despite being paralysed from the neck down, after a training accident with England Under-21s, he leads a busy, active life, and remains completely involved with the game he loves. He still requires two fulltime carers, and cannot breathe without the aid of a ventilator. His physiotherapy bill alone comes to around £60,000 a year. On May the 8th, representatives of all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs will be setting off from Rugby, in Warwickshire, to walk to Twickenham, for the Premiership final, on the 16th. As well as raising money for Matt’s Trust Fund, they’ll be fundraising for Special Effect – a charity which helps severely disabled children, and of which Matt is a patron – and 12 charities nominated by the clubs. The Wasps-nominated charity is the Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation. In its first year, it is supporting Cancer Research, in memory of Lawrence’s mother Eileen, who died of the disease, at the end of last year. She was a larger than life character, who is greatly missed. For full details of the Walk4Matt, visit www.walk4Matt.org Thank you

Quite powerful stuff, and a moving story I think you’ll agree.  Certainly worthy of a little sponsorship.

Want to know more? Here’s Matt talking about the walk

Don’t like donating online?  That’s ok, you can donate by text message as well (in the UK) – just text: WALK4MATT to 82010 – doing so means you donate £3 to the cause. That’s the cost of a pint.

So come on people, dig deep.  These are worthy rugby charities that are relying on us to help them do their good works.  Give some money and show that we rugby people really do care.

(as a personal favour can you please quote either Stacey or ‘Welsh Rugby Blog’ when you donate)


Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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