Rugby to Twickenham walk for Matt Hampson Foundation

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THE Matt Hampson Foundation is hosting a seven-day walk between Rugby and Twickenham today (Saturday).

2012 Walk4Matt, which follows the Grand Union Canal towpath, will be raising funds for young people seriously injured through sport.

Alastair Robinson, regional manager at Marston’s beer and pub company, will be among those walking on the seven-day walk, along with the great and good of English rugby.

He said: “I’d encourage everyone to take part if the walk if they can – it’s a wonderful idea to raise money for a truly worthy cause. We’ll be walking between 12 and 19 miles a day so we’ll be in need of some refreshment and the pubs will be useful stop-off points for resting our sore feet.”

In previous years, rugby stars such as former England captain Martin Johnson OBE, ex-prop forward Jason Leonard, retired fullback Dusty Hare and former scrum half Harry Ellis have taken part in the walk.

In 2006 Matt Hampson suffered a catastrophic neck injury during an England rugby training session, leaving him paralysed from the neck down.

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