The Get Busy Living! Centre
The Foundation’s big goal is to build the ‘Get Busy Living Centre.’ This will enable the Foundation’s beneficiaries to receive rehabilitation through physiotherapy, and social interaction to share experiences, motivating and inspiring each other to move on with their lives.
Sharing knowledge and experiences is a powerful tool in the rehabilitation process following a life changing injury. For many, waking up and facing another day is a battle in itself. Our aim is to create an environment to assist those facing new challenges in both theirs and their families lives.
The objective is to develop a centre with the facilities to deliver the aims of the Foundation, enabling us to bring together young people seriously injured through sport to face their new lives.
We are now one step closer to achieving our goal, having secured a plot of land with an existing building we are applying for planning to turn this building into the Get Busy Living! Centre. Below is an artists impression on how the new centre might look.
Though we have taken our first steps towards creating the centre. There is still a long way to go until it's finished. That's where you can help. Every contribution is valued by both the foundation and the lives of the beneficiaries this centre will impact.
Think you can help? Know someone who can? email or call 01664 454742
Our Official Charity Partner
The Matt Hampson Foundation is a local charity dedicated to inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport.
Our aim is to provide advice, support, relief and/or treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation.
We mainly assist people who have received such injuries in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland but that does not preclude us from helping those in other parts of the world who need urgent assistance.
We assist individuals by offering direct grants or by paying into existing and future funds to assist with equipment, technology or just every day expenses. We also assist organisations and institutions whose aims are similar to our own and who also provide relief and treatment to those who have suffered injuries as described above. Through Matt Hampson, the Foundation is also able to offer mentoring, friendship and education. Very often a chat with somebody such as Matt who has been through it, 'got the t-shirt' and overcome many issues himself is the best assistance that injured people can get. Matt's educational visits to schools and clubs provide understanding and can be extremely motivational to those who hear him talk about his experiences and his zest for life. If you would like to know more about the Foundation, its aims or you would like to know more about Matt's educational visits, contact for further details.
We feel the Foundation is fairly unique in that we have tried to make applying for help as straightforward as possible for potential beneficiaries. Matt's experiences over the years have meant he has a good idea of people's needs and ultimately he has the final decision on who we help and to what degree.
There is no official application for support, Matt and his family found that filling in form after form applying for help is the last thing people want and need to be doing when trying to come to terms with a catastrophic injury such as Matt's in 2005.
Energy should be concentrated on an individual's recovery etc, therefore we require no form filling. We endeavour to meet all potential beneficiaries and if Matt is unable to one of our senior team members or representatives will do so. Henry Fraser our first beneficiary and now representative of the foundation visits people on our behalf and reports back to our Grant giving committee to make their decision. Henry like Matt has been through a similar experience and is therefore in a position to give an informed decision on the level of help required.
The support network of our beneficiaries and their families wanting to help us is growing all the time and is a real strength of the Foundation. The sharing of knowledge and experiences is so important and one which we believe is key in helping people come to terms with their injury and give them both the inspiration and motivation to Get Busy Living.