Rugby mad Harborough man Eddy raises money for Matt Hampson Foundation

Eddy Crowe (second left) with Louis Deacon, Tommy Cawston, and Darrel White
Eddy Crowe (second left) with Louis Deacon, Tommy Cawston, and Darrel White

A Leicester Tigers-mad Harborough man raised hundreds of pounds for the Matt Hampson Foundation by selling off autographed shirts and memorabilia.

Eddy Crowe (26) is a season ticket holder for the Tigers and wanted to do his bit to help the charity - set up by Matt when he was left paralysed following a freak injury he suffered in a scrum during a training session.

The charity provides advice, support and relief for anyone suffering serious injury or disability

Eddy’s dad Peter Crowe said: “The Foundation is a cause close to the hearts of many Tigers’ fans.

“Eddy is one of the administrators of a Tigers fans group on Facebook and he got hold of some great memorbilia to sell through that.”

Among the items Eddy sold were autographed photos, a rugby ball signed by Tigers players and an England rugby shirt signed by retired England fly-half Johnny Wilkinson - who Eddy bumped into during and England v Italy match at Twickenham.

Mr Crowe said: “I think Eddy might have liked to have kept the shirt but he decided it was better to auction it for a good cause.

“Ed lives in Harborough, works in Starbucks and is well known in the community. He is also a Leicester Tigers’ ‘super fan’ and his efforts were acknowledged with an honourable mention at this year’s Tigers Awards Dinner earlier this month.”

Eddy presented the £580 he raised Louis Deacon, Tommy Cawston and Darrel White at the Get Busy Living Centre. The centre was created by the Matt Hampson Foundation.