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Get Busy Living centre makes progress

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The Get Busy Living centre inspired by the Matt Hampson Foundation is coming closer to reality with the support of business from the East Midlands.

The centre will see a derelict aircraft hangar on the Burrough Court Estate near Melton Mowbray transformed into a £1 million facility where beneficiaries of the Foundation’s services will be able to receive physical rehabilitation, spend time with their families and share experiences with those in a similar situation to themselves.
Matt Hampson, a former Leicester Tigers player who suffered a life-changing accident during a training session with England Under-21s in 2005, set up the Foundation to help those with a similar injury. The Foundation is an official charity of the Tigers.
He said: “The centre was a dream of mine, a place for our beneficiaries to come along and receive physical rehabilitation. Our plans have evolved and become a reality, with the centre giving us the opportunity to offer not only physical support but, more crucially, mental support too.
“The facility will be a place for specialist companies to exhibit state-of-the-art equipment, offering the possibility for our beneficiaries to sample life-changing technology without having to endure the astronomical costs of specialist equipment.”
The project is being delivered with the support of partners from across the region, many of whom are offering their time, services, materials and expertise for free, including construction company Willmott Dixon, professional services firm MDA Consulting, architects Corporate Architecture; engineering consultants Couch Perry Wilkes, Salus and BSP Consulting; PR and marketing agency Cartwright Communications; supplier GRS Roadstone Limited; and earthmoving, ground engineering and restoration contractor Barton Plant, and supplier Peter Bennie, both part of The Bennie Group.
“We are incredibly grateful to our project partners who are giving their time, services and support so generously to help the Get Busy Living centre become a reality,” added Hampson.
“This is a very exciting time for us as a charity and one we couldn’t have reached without the support of these organisations. We can’t wait to see work begin on the build in coming weeks.”
Nick Heath, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “Willmott Dixon is incredibly proud to be supporting this pioneering project. The Foundation is a hugely worthwhile charity that does fantastic work with injured sportsmen and women across the country as well as those who have suffered serious injury or disability outside of sport, and this centre will go a long way to allowing the team to help even more people.
“We have worked within the Leicester area for many years and supporting those communities within which we work is very important to us – giving back is at the heart of our ethos.”
Revised planning permission was submitted for the centre in October and groundwork for the access road is due to begin soon.
The revised planning includes an access road and construction of a structural frame based on the original footprint of the building. Inside, a mezzanine floor will double the floor space.
For more information on the centre, please visit: http://matthampsonfoundation.org/.