George was 17 when he was injured on a school rugby tour to South Africa in August 2015. He was in a South African Hospital for over a month, then moved to Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, and then finally to Sheffield Spinal Unit, where he finished his rehabilitation and treatment and was discharged home at the end of April 2016.
Since then, he returned to Stamford School, where the Foundation has strong links with ex-cricketing professional, Dean Headley as well as Seb Goold, another beneficiary of the Foundation. Along with his brother, Eddie, George completed A-Levels in Philosophy and Ethics, Maths and Theatre Studies whilst also helping direct a school drama production, ‘The Crucible’, by Arthur Miller. He also acted in a devised performance of ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’, by Agatha Christie. The following year he went on to study Philosophy at Birmingham University after achieving great A-Level results. Eighteen months later he auditioned for Netflix’s TV series hit ‘Sex Education’ in which he obtained a role as ‘Isaac’ in season 2. ‘Sex Education’ releases on Netflix on Friday 17th January 2020.
The Foundation has been involved with George and his family since his accident, Matt saw similarities in the situation they both found themselves in and has been there to support both George and his family. Eddie, George’s younger brother is currently working for the Foundation on a year-long placement from his University and is able to offer his support to others from his experiences of the last 5 years.
George still comes to the Get Busy Living centre as often as he can. Josie gives him fantastic, high quality physio treatment every week which helps him strengthen the muscles he uses, allowing him to push the boundaries on what he can do.
We’re all massively happy and proud of George as he really epitomises the Foundation’s ethos by constantly Getting Busy Living!