The British & Irish Lions Trust Official Charity Partners
2021 marks the start of our new charity programme. We are proud to be partnering with four incredible charities who all have a connection with rugby at their core:
- Matt Hampson Foundation
- My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
- The Atlas Foundation
- Wooden Spoon
We look forward to supporting these important charities and helping them raise as much money as possible by highlighting the vital work they do.
Matt Hampson Foundation
The Matt Hampson Foundation aims to inspire and support anyone in the UK who suffers a life-changing injury through sport with the provision of physical and mental well-being support.
The Foundation is the brainchild of founder and ex-England and Leicester Tigers rugby player Matt Hampson OBE, who himself experienced a life-changing injury in 2005 leaving him paralysed from the neck down, aged just 20.
At the heart of the Foundation is the Get Busy Living Centre in rural Leicestershire. Opened in 2018, the centre provides expert physiotherapy, specialist personal training, support, mentoring and advice to people suffering a life-changing injury.
To find out more, visit: matthampsonfoundation.org
My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
The Foundation has a clear vision of a world free of motor neuron disease. Established in November 2017, following former Scotland international Doddie Weir’s diagnosis with Motor Neuron Disease (MND), the charity was founded in response to his frustration at the lack of options given to MND patients – no effective treatment, no access to meaningful clinical trials and no hope.
The aims of the Foundation are twofold. To raise funds to aid research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures; and to make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
It is committed to funding, guiding and enabling the smartest, most efficient research to expedite new treatments for MND. The Foundation also aims to inform and support patients and their families while also raising awareness through promoting disease education and advocacy.
Since it was launched in November 2017, the Foundation has committed almost £6 million to MND research projects and a further £1 million in grants to support people living with MND.
To find out more, visit: myname5doddie.co.uk
The Atlas Foundation
The Atlas Foundation exists to help deprived children work towards a better future through rugby communities and initiatives.
Founded in 2015 by former England international and British & Irish Lion, Jason Leonard, the Foundation is committed to getting practical help directly to those who need it most, funding and delivering projects that have a tangible impact on the daily lives of more than 50,000 young people in 16 countries across five continents.
In the poorest communities on earth, Atlas improves education, provides safe places to play, diverts children from crime, provides food, water and medical supplies, and builds a supportive and compassionate network of rugby people who ensure children thrive.
To find out more, visit: atlasfrc.org
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby, funding life-changing projects that support children and young people with disabilities or living in disadvantage.
Since 1983 Wooden Spoon has raised over £29m and funded over 1,300 projects across UK and Ireland, including projects such as sensory playrooms, playground and outdoor activities, health and wellbeing and specialist equipment.
Rugby heritage drives the charity’s core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun.
To find out more, visit: woodenspoon.org.uk