Leicester Tigers are delighted to hear of Matt Hampson’s recognition in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
An academy graduate and Tigers life member, Matt has been awarded an OBE for his services to charity.
After being paralysed from the neck down and reliant on a ventilator to breathe since life-changing injury as a 20-year-old while with an England representative squad, the former Tigers prop established the Matt Hampson Foundation in 2011 to support and rehabilitate other young people seriously injured through sport.
The Foundation is now based at the impressive Get Busy Living rehabilitation centre in Leicestershire and Matt remains a positive role model for its many beneficiaries as it celebrates a 10th anniversary in 2021.
Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom said: “It is exciting to see Matt has been recognised in the Honours List, reflecting his inspirational work since his accident.
“He is an incredible young man who continues to put all of his energies into supporting others.
“Matt has a hugely positive and infectious attitude to his life and work, and the Get Busy Living Centre is a tribute to the vision and determination of both him and his Foundation.
“On behalf of everyone at the Leicester Tigers, I send our congratulations on his achievements so far and on his OBE award, and send our best wishes for the future to everyone connected with the Foundation.”
For more information please visit www.matthampsonfoundation.org