Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

TOM SOMERVILLE

My name is Tom Somerville and, like Hambo, I suffered a high-level spinal injury playing rugby, leaving me tetraplegic since 2003. At the time I was aged just 16 and had been an active sportsmen; playing cricket and rugby for clubs and school, and had recently been selected and played for Middlesex at County level.

My injury happened in open play and I must have landed in the wrong position, as I was effectively crushed at the bottom of a ruck. After a 9 month stint at Stoke Mandeville's spinal unit, where I received the best of NHS support, I returned home and to sixth-form college. Ironically my injury seemed to help me academically as my grades improved and I was offered a place at Warwick University to study History and Sociology.

At this stage Hambo's Foundation was still growing. I gained financial assistant from the Rugby Football Union's charity the Injured Players Foundation whom actually recommended Hambo's foundation to me and helped put me in contact with them for my recent support claim. I graduated from Warwick, with a first-class degree in History and Sociology, and after a few years of both working and a period of ill-health, read more...

TAYLOR GOUGH

Taylor was just 20 when he was involved in a car crash in the Summer. He suffered multiple injuries …...

BEN PEARSON

Ben, 24, broke two bones in his leg whilst playing rugby. Despite the relatively straightforward pro…...

SOPHIE WILSON

26 year-old Sophie was paralysed when she dived into shallow water whilst travelling in Thailand. Sh…...

GISELLE MOOR

27 year-old Giselle was competing in a motorcycle drag race when she broke her back, leaving her par…...