Hamplified festival expected to raise thousands for charity

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The two-day charity festival Hamplified continues today (Saturday).

Last year’s festival, which is held at St Andrew’s Rugby Club on Ashlawn Road, raised over £3,000 for the Matt Hampson Foundation, despite only being in its first year.

This year’s festival began with a comedy night last night (Friday) and continues today (Saturday) with sport and music.

Today at the rugby club there will be a Rugby 10s tournament with Rugby St Andrews, Old Laurentians, Rugby Welsh and AEI starting at 10.30am followed by the first of 14 live music acts including John Turner, All The Kings Horses, Aday and Paul Buckley, The Record Covers,StoneFire, Paper Street Soap Company, Jack London, Ben Stancombe, Ash Centi, Hannah Faulkner, Jason Kiernan (MY JAIKE), The Retro and Resin from 1.30pm

There will also be an all day bar inside and outside and a barbecue. Other events throughout the day include A world record attempt at the fastest rugby pass on The Speedcage, a bouncy castle, face painting and charity raffle and auction and other surprises throughout the day.

The Matt Hampson Foundation was set up by former Rugby star Matt Hampson – a highly rated England Under 21 player from Rutland – who damaged his spinal chord while playing rugby. He is now paralysed from the waist downwards.

The Matt Hampson Foundation was formed in 2011 and to provide advice, support, relief and treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in sport.