Support Ed Jackson and Matt Hampson Foundation at Semi Final

Wasps are proud to announce a match day partnership with the Matt Hampson Foundation, which will sponsor Wasps’ Semi Final against Leicester Tigers, at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 20 May, 5.15pm Kick off.

The Matt Hampson Foundation’s aim is to inspire and support young people seriously injured through sport and physical recreation. In its six-year history, the Foundation has given out over £1 million in grants to beneficiaries who have gone on to achieve incredible things.

The Foundation’s next big goal is to build the ‘Get Busy Living Centre’, a state-of-the-art facility where beneficiaries of the Foundation’s services will be able to receive physical rehabilitation, spend time with their families and share experiences with those in a similar situation to themselves.

Former England U21 prop, Matt Hampson, has provided inspiration for millions of people since breaking his neck during an England training session in 2005.

Paralysed from the neck down and breathing via the aid of a ventilator, it is testament to Matt’s indomitable spirit that he set up the Foundation so that others who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries through sport can receive support and assistance. Matt continues to motivate others to follow his lead and #Getbusyliving no matter what obstacles are in the way.

Wasps back row James Haskell was one of a number of players taking part in the England training session the day Matt suffered his accident and James became an Ambassador for the Matt Hampson Foundation in 2011. Last season he was joined by Danny Cipriani, who was also keen to support Hambo and such a fantastic Foundation which helps so many people. 

Matt and members of his Foundation will be attending next Saturday’s Semi Final at the Ricoh Arena and are supporting former Wasps back row Ed Jackson, during his rehabilitation from a serious spinal injury. You can find out how to support him here matthampsonfoundation.org

Ed “Jacko” Jackson was a hugely popular member of Wasps squad during his time at the club between 2013 and 2015. Currently with Newport-Gwent Dragons, the 28-year-old is still close friends with a number of Wasps’ current squad who have visited Ed regularly in hospital over recent weeks. You can follow Ed's progress on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/edjackson8/ 

As part of the Semi Final off-field activities Wasps will organise bucket collections for Ed, which will be an opportunity for all Wasps fans to help look after one of our own #OnceaWaspAlwaysaWasp 

Foundation Chief Executive Tommy Cawston said “We are delighted that some of Ed's family and friends will be joining us at the game next Saturday and hopefully the Foundation can provide support not just to Ed, but to all who are close to him.

“Again the rugby community has rallied around one of its own. We are all so lucky to be involved in such a wonderful sport and I think Ed's accident and other recent news puts into perspective the bigger picture. Yes, rugby is important and Saturday's game will be as fiercely competitive as ever, but it is just a game. I think the beauty of the sport is that it gives us all far more off the field than it ever does on the field and long may that continue. 

“The Foundation would like to thank everyone at Wasps for their continued support and for giving us the opportunity to raise both our profile and some much needed funds to give Ed the best rehabilitation possible.

“Everyone at the Foundation wishes Ed a speedy recovery and our doors will always be open to him once the Get Busy Living Centre is complete.” 

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