Matt’s pledge to support Seb after ‘freak accident’

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A paralysed former rugby player will donate money raised at a sport event to a boy who suffered life-changing injuries in a road accident.

Matt Hampson, from Cold Overton, has pledged to give the money raised for his foundation at the upcoming Sport Bash event in Stamford to the family of Seb Goold.

Stamford Rugby Club under-9s player Seb, from Wansford, was seriously injured after falling from the emergency door of a coach on his way back from a tournament in Norfolk in April.

Seb is still recovering at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge having undergone several operations. And former England under-21s player Matt, who set up the Matt Hampson Foundation to support injured sports players after suffering a paralysing neck injury in training, knows the value of early support.

He said: “Stamford Rugby Club has been fantastic for me with support over the years. I wanted to give something back. And there was no better cause than Seb and his family.

“The accident was tragic and I felt really sorry for them. It was a freak accident similar to my own and I just wanted to help them out.”

Matt added: “In the early days support for my family was really important.”

Although Matt has not yet met Seb his foundation has already given him a signed picture of his favourite footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. And all the money raised on day two of Sport Bash on July 26 will go to the family as well.

Seb’s father Nick said: “Seb has unfortunately suffered life changing injuries as a result of his accident and faces a long road towards recovery.

“He has embarked on this journey with his usual energy and determination and we are optimistic that our little boy will be back with his friends at school before too long.

“As a family we have been overwhelmed, but very grateful and appreciative, for the support shown to Seb during this time and would like to thank the Matt Hampson Foundation for their fantastic kindness during this event.”