The 5th annual Ceres Charity luncheon has raised thousands of pounds for Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif) and the Matt Hampson Foundation. The star-studded event raised over £40,000 to help fund pioneering research into treatment for spinal cord injury, and inspire and support young people seriously injured through sport.
The event took place at Cheltenham Racecourse on 19th April and included a host of famous faces including:
- Matt Hampson – Founder of the Matt Hampson Foundation – Matt was paralysed from the neck down during an England Under 21 rugby training session in 2005. Matt has battled hard to live as normal a life as possible and epitomises the Foundation’s ethos to ‘Get Busy Living’
- Claire Lomas MBE – nsif Patron and former event rider – Claire became paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident in 2007. Since her accident Claire has raised well over £575,000 for charity and went on to become the first paralysed person to walk the London Marathon using a pioneering robotic suit part funded by the Matt Hampson Foundation
- Rob Bonnet – BBC sports journalist and presenter
- Rugby stars Louis Deacon and Darren Jones
The main race of the day – the Matt Hampson and Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundations Silver Trophy Steeple Chase – was won by HenryVille, trained by Harry Fry, ridden by Niall P Madden. The trophy was awarded by Cheltenham’s Gilder family.
nsif is a charity devoted solely to research into treatment for spinal cord injury. The Matt Hampson Foundation inspires and supports young people seriously injured through sport.