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...

HENRY FRASER

Henry is a very talented teenager who had an accident in 2009 whilst on holiday with his friends....

BRET CROSSLEY

I’m Bret Crossley, I’m 39 years old and live in Leeds. I was a successful motorcycle racer...

TIM FARR

I was 21 when in 2004 I broke my back in a skiing accident on my university ski trip out in Les Deux…...

HERVE IRADUKUNDA

Herve was born in exile and became a refuge by default. His parents moved to South Africa...