Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport


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...


My name’s Carl, I am 32, a dad of 3 wonderful children and husband to my lovely wife. Life was great…...