Building on Matt


About Matt Hampson

In 2005, Matt Hampson was a member of the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, and an England Under 21 squad hopeful, until a scrum accident during training robbed him of his mobility, his sport and almost his life.

Matt was sadly paralysed from the neck down, forcing him to rely on a wheelchair and a ventilator to survive. However, faced with a future as a paraplegic, he refused to give in. He set up the Matt Hampson Foundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to aiding and supporting others whose lives are affected by life-changing sporting injuries. Matt himself spearheads the campaign, undertaking motivational talks to young people and businesses around the country to highlight the Foundation’s work through visits, advice, mentoring and fundraising initiatives.

Aside from running his own charity, Matt finds time to coach rugby at Oakham School and Oakham Rugby Club, be an ambassador for the RFU’s Injured Players Fund, as well as the Professional Rugby Association’s ‘Restart’ initiative, and be Patron of ‘Special Effect’, which helps disabled children communicate through technology. He also writes for the Leicester Mercury, Rugby World magazine and Sky News, and has written his own auto-biography entitled ‘Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson’. It’s no wonder Matt inspired the Foundation’s slogan “Get Busy Living”!

Building on Matt

For some years now, Vanilla – Properties of Distinction, have actively provided sponsorship and ad-hoc donations to the Matt Hampson Foundation. However, as we’ve thrived and grown as a business, we’ve felt more strongly than ever the need to bolster our support for Matt and his great work. We are encouraging our clients to do the same. In order to formally facilitate this, we have set up a new division, trading as ‘Building On Matt’.

The idea is simple; we are offering all our clients the opportunity to engage us to carry out their property and construction work through our ‘Building On Matt’ subsidiary. For every job we complete through this scheme, 5% of the quoted nett value* will be pledged directly to the Matt Hampson Foundation. The 5% will be donated by our clients in their own names. This 5% is not an extra cost to our clients, but a percentage of the quoted and agreed contract value. The project cost will be discounted by 5% off our client’s bill on the agreement that it is donated by the client to the Foundation to aid Matt and his inspiring work. What’s more, if our client is a UK tax payer, the client can Gift Aid their donation, allowing the Foundation to claim back any taxes that are imposed on the clients contribution. If the client is a higher rate tax payer the client may even be able to claim tax relief on their donation **

In true “pay it forward” style, we hope that our own philanthropic approach along with our client agreement to supporting Matt through the ‘Building On Matt’ scheme will help spread the word and further the cause of this amazing charity and this inspirational, remarkable young man.

So whether you or anyone you know requires building, refurbishment, modernisation or general construction services, we hope that you will consider our ‘Building On Matt’ scheme and help us to make a difference to the lives of young people affected by life-changing sporting injuries.

Let’s “Get Busy Building”!

* Full terms and conditions available on request
** HMRC rules apply