Inspiring and Supporting young people seriously injured through sport
Matt or Hambo as he is affectionately known, is the founder of the charity and the driving force behind everything the Foundation does. Hambo inspires and supports all of our beneficiaries sharing the experiences and knowledge he’s gained since his accident in 2005. Hambo was awarded an OBE for the outstanding contribution he’s made through the work of the Foundation.
Tommy is the leader of Team Hambo and a close personal friend of Matt’s. Tommy has been working for the Foundation since its beginnings and holds responsibility for its day-to-day management. Tommy lives in Northamptonshire, is married to Katie and has a daughter Lucie and a son Joe.
Tony manages The Get Busy Living Centre as well as the Foundation’s website and design requirements. Tony says it’s the most fun, rewarding and varied job he’s ever had, which he says ‘doesn’t make it a job’. He is married to Sarah, has two boys and spends most of his time working on his classic car.
Louis is a former Leicester Tigers and England International rugby player and now manages The Get Busy Living Centre site. He works hard raising sponsorship, building relationships and creating new opportunities for the Foundation. Louis also works as a coach for the England women’s rugby team, is married and has three daughters.
Abbie joined the Foundation team in 2020 and manages all of our marketing and fundraising activities, making sure as many people as possible hear about the Foundation's work and raising much-needed funds to support the beneficiaries. When she’s not working, she’s kept busy with two small girls, two small guinea pigs and a pony.
Josie is the Foundation’s lead physio. Josie is hugely respected within her field and qualified as a chartered physiotherapist from the University of East London in 2004. She specialises in neurological rehabilitation and has worked both in the NHS and the private sector. Josie is a mum-of-two and wife-of-one!
Tilly qualified from Brighton University in 2007 as a neurophysiotherapist and has vast experience working with people recovering from strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries. Tilly has previously held roles at teaching hospitals in London and Leicester. When she’s not at the centre supporting our beneficiaries, she manages a busy household of children and pets as well as practising yoga.
George is the Foundation’s sports therapist and plays semi-professional rugby alongside his role with the Foundation. He specialises in muscle and joint injuries, and designs and guides beneficiaries through rehabilitation programmes for any injuries of this kind that they have suffered. George is married to Hannah and can walk on his hands!
James or Sutty as we call him, is the Foundation’s personal trainer and disability coach. Sutty woke up from a normal weekend of rugby and found his speech was distorted and slurred and began to suffer problems with his hands too. Following numerous tests, he was eventually diagnosed with Dystonia. His enthusiasm and zest for life is infectious and he’s the life and soul of the Get Busy Living gym.
Paige joined the Foundation as a fundraiser and is now a yoga instructor working with our beneficiaries to deliver personalised one-to-one yoga sessions to support their rehabilitation journey. Off the mat, Paige is a motivational speaker and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Heather looks after HR and admin for the Foundation and enjoys helping out
with lunches at the centre. Heather has three children and four grandchildren. Heather spends her free time horseriding and clay pigeon shooting.
Clive joined the Foundation from Leicester Tigers where he spent over a decade as kit manager for the club. Clive manages the Foundation’s eBay store, merchandise sales and logistics. Originally from Staffordshire, Clive now lives locally with his partner Shelly and his spare time is taken up with trying to play golf and cycling.
Gill is the Foundation’s counsellor and became involved with the charity following her son’s spinal cord injury when he became a beneficiary. Gill works with our beneficiaries supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing alongside their physical rehabilitation. Gill is married and is a busy Mum to her two boys.
Sophie started working with the Foundation after initially becoming a beneficiary following her spinal cord injury. She is the initial point of contact for new beneficiaries and supports them with getting back to a fulfilling life.
She also organises beneficiary activity trips. When Sophie isn’t at the centre you’ll find her playing sport, and if she isn’t playing it, she’s watching it.
Ciara first worked for Matt within his care team, but has found she’s pretty good at keeping Matt organised too! She is now Matt’s PA and also works in the Foundation’s fundraising team, providing support to our amazing supporters. Ciara lives in Melton with her partner Harry and in her spare time enjoys exploring the outdoors and walking her dog Winnie.
Shelly is the Foundation’s housekeeper and keeps the Get Busy Living Centre, our lodges and pod clean and sparkling. Shelly can often be found chatting to staff and beneficiaries at the centre and when she’s not here she can be found in the great outdoors walking and cycling.
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