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Willmott Dixon teams club together to raise £20,000 for The Matt Hampson Foundation

Aspiring golfers from Willmott Dixon swapped safety boots for golf shoes as they put their skills to the test over 18 holes at a charity golf day in support of the Matt Hampson Foundation.

Teams from the construction company chipped in with partners and guests, including former England cricketers Paul Nixon and Charles Dagnall; ex-Scotland rugby captain Bryan Redpath; Irish Rugby Union coach and former player, Geordan Murphy; and current players from Leicester Tigers and Wasps.

A total of £20,000 was raised for the charity, which provides support for young people who have suffered life changing injuries through playing sport.

Over 25 teams took part in the event which was hosted at prestigious West Midlands golf venue, The Belfry near Sutton Coldfield, with guests also enjoying a meal and charity raffle at the event.

Founded in 2010 by professional rugby player Matt Hampson, who became paralysed from the neck down after an accident during an England U21 training camp in 2005, the charity supports young people from across the world through provision of specialist sporting equipment and treatment to help improve their day-to-day lives.  

Nick Preedy, construction manager at Willmott Dixon said:

“Our charity golf day was a brilliant success, and we were thrilled to support such a wonderful cause.

“To be able to work on a project that will have an immeasurable impact on people’s lives has been special for all of us and it is certainly one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

“We’ve built up a great relationship with the charity and we felt with the sport link this would be a suitable way to support them. We had some friendly competition and some good fun, and we hope the money we managed to raise will help the Foundation continue the fantastic work it does to help people who need its support.”

Earlier this year, Willmott Dixon completed construction of the charity’s Get Busy Living Centre, a pioneering facility specifically designed to provide young people with a place to receive specialist treatment and socialise with friends.

Willmott Dixon teamed up with its partners and contractors to help the charity save over £1million on the cost of the Centre by providing materials and time for free or at cost price.

The Get Busy Living Centre was named the 2018 East Midlands Project of the Year Award in the annual RICS Awards.

Matt Hampson, founder of the Matt Hampson Foundation, said:

“Willmott Dixon and its partners have been incredibly supportive of our work and we’re grateful for their ongoing fundraising events which are a huge help for the Foundation.  

“Any help we receive from businesses and our fundraisers is greatly appreciated and these funds will help us to go towards the daily running costs of the charity and the Get Busy Living Centre, helping us to continue to improve the day to day lives of those who have been injured through sport.”

This work builds on Willmott Dixon’s commitment to enhance the life opportunities of others, for which it received recognition earlier this year as one of only six companies to receive the Promoting Opportunity award as part of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

For more information about the Matt Hampson Foundation and the Get Busy Living Centre, go to https://www.matthampsonfoundation.org/.

 


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