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The Third Walk4Matt

Would you like to spend a week on the Grand Union Canal, raising money for rugby charities? Here is your chance.

The third Walk4Matt (Matt Hampson) takes place between the 21st and 28th of May.

Many of you probably know that Matt was a highly promising prop when he suffered a catastrophic injury in a training accident with England Under-21s. He ended up paralysed from the neck down, and unable to breathe without a ventilator. Despite this, he is one of the most positive and inspirational people you could ever hope to meet. He now coaches his local school, and is also a busy rugby journalist.

After visiting him at Stoke Mandeville, a year after his accident, Barney Burnham, who contributes regularly to the Wasps website and matchday programmes, organised a walk by London Wasps supporters from Adams Park to Welford Road in 2007. This sowed the seeds for the Walk4Matt.

The walk lasts seven days, and covers around 100 miles, from Rugby to Twickenham, arriving on the day of the Premiership final. We walk along the Grand Union Canal, accompanied by a fleet of narrow boats representing all 12 Aviva Premiership clubs. We sleep - or, rather, try to sleep - on the boats.

The money raised will be divided between Matt's new foundation (which is about to begin operations, helping young people who've suffered serious sporting injuries), Special Effect www.specialeffect.org.uk (a charity which helps severely handicapped children, of which Matt is a patron) and the RFU's Injured Players Foundation www.rfu.com/ipf .

If anyone is interested in taking part, full details can be found on the website www.walk4matt.org.

Wasps have always been the biggest supporters of the walk outside Leicester. It would be great to keep that up.


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