Hamplified returns to Rugby bigger and better

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Two-day charity festival Hamplified takes place on Friday July 19 with a comedy night and Saturday July 20 with a night of music.

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 comedy night on Friday runs between 7pm and 11pm and features four comedians (Rob Coleman, Ryan Gough, Peter Teckman and Anette Fagan) and a hearty bowl of chilli all for £12.50 plus there will be a charity auction and raffle - (a limited number of tickets available from Robert Low - robertlow1970@hotmail.com).

On the Saturday 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.