Generous visitors to the weekend’s Sport Bash event donated £17,000 to help the family of a boy seriously hurt in a road accident.
Organisers chose to support two charities this year and over two days the event at Stamford School raised more than £30,000.
About £14,000 of that total was raised on the Friday, and that will go towards the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall appeal. But the remaining £17,000 raised on the Saturday will go to the Matt Hampson Foundation, which has agreed to pass it straight on to the family of Seb Goold.
Stamford Rugby Club under-9s player Seb suffered life-changing injuries after falling from the emergency door of a moving coach in April and remains at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Former England under-21s rugby player Matt Hampson, who was paralysed while training, launched his foundation to help people injured through sport. And he was thrilled with the total raised for Seb and his family.
Matt said: “We weren’t really expecting to raise that much. It’s unbelievable. The day was a great success and everyone really enjoyed it.
“To give Seb and his family the money meant a lot to us and we hope it will let them try to move forward in their lives.”
Having suffered a life-changing injury himself, Matt knows how vital support can be for the family.
He said: “I think it’s the support that makes the difference. I’m sure the parents work and they will hopefully be able to pay a few bills with that and help Seb get on with his life.”
Matt hopes to meet with Seb and his family soon, and is determined to give all the help he can.
He said: “We will try to help them out with whatever they need. That’s the most important thing the foundation can do, is support the families and the individual.
“We will offer advice and guidance and try to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.”