Aylesbury United News Story
On Saturday 2nd May 2015, Cameron White who trains and plays for the Under 12’s 'Youth' and his sister Imogen (Under 8 Girls) are taking part in a 50 mile Charity Bike Ride dubbed the ‘50@50’ and are looking for sponsorship in support of the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Cameron plans to complete all 50 miles from Leicester to Uttoxeter.
Although Imogen clocked up an impressive 9 mile ride last week, she will only do part of the journey and spend the remainder, assisting in the support vehicle.
Why are they taking part?
They are taking part in the 50@50 because it is being organised by their uncle, Tim Hames, who celebrates his 50th birthday on May 2nd and who is attempting to raise £5000.
Yes, but what is special about that?
In June 2011, whilst on a charity bike ride himself; sport loving Tim suffered a life changing injury from which he became paralysed from the waist down and left hospital, destined to spend the remainder of his life in a wheelchair.
Despite being in his late 40’s at the time; a husband and a father of 3 children, Tim has since just got on with life.
His bravery and determination to cope with what life has thrown at him are amazing and inspirational.
He quickly returned to work serving the Uttoxeter community as a pharmacist and he has kept his independence, driving an adapted car.
Having been a sporting enthusiast before his injury, he has continued with this passion and been seen to participate in wheelchair table tennis, rugby, basketball, hand cycling and has even climbed over the top of the o2 dome.
One thing that was missing until recently was ownership of a hand cycle and the ability once again to feel the wind through what little hair he has. And that is where the Matt Hampson Foundation came in.
They provided finding to enable him to buy a hand cycle and once again pursue one of his passions.
Who Is Matt Hampson and what is the Foundation?
In 2005, during an England Under 21 rugby training session, the former Leicester Tigers Academy player, Matt Hampson became paralysed from the neck down.
He spent much of his time a Stoke Mandeville Hospital and since the accident he has battled hard to live as normal a life as possible whilst breathing via a ventilator.
The Foundation’s tag line is “GET BUSY LIVING!”. It inspires and supports young people who have suffered serious injury and disability; in particular those that have been injured through participation in sport.
When he applied for his funding, although not young in age, Tim told them he was young at heart and they obviously believed him.
You can read more about their work at The Matt Hampson Foundation
The 50@50 Charity Bike Ride is Tim’s way of saying thank you to them and trying to ensure that they can continue to support others.
With the success and legacy of the 2012 Paralympics; the part that Stoke Mandeville plays in supporting so many and the link between rugby and the work undertaken by the Matt Hampson Foundation; despite only being 12, Cameron feels that this is an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause.
Therefore, if you feel that you make a donation, no matter how small, so that The Foundation can continue their fantastic work; please do so directly using the link:-
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