The foundation was inaugurated following the tragic passing of Matthew, the day before his 13th birthday, of Asthma, brought on by a severe allergic reaction or 'anaphylaxis'.
Matt's short life was filled with complications; Asthma, allergies, Rheumatoid arthritis to name but a few, none of which dampened his love for life and spirit in fulfilling everything to his utmost potential.
Always keen to help others in need, he enjoyed fund raising along with the community spirit that his local neighborhood 'Byfleet' gave him. A keen supporter of Byfleet parish day, of local organisations, teams and events as well as a huge pride in his nation.
Aims of the foundation
The aims of the Matthew Hackney Foundation are:
- To advance life chances of children and young people living in (but not limited to) surrey through: providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature responsible individuals.
- To support local charities (according to the law of England and Wales) as the trustees see fit from time to time, in particular but not limited to advancing educational, social, emotional and recreational activities for children and young people for the public benefit by making grants and awards to charities and children and young people under the age of 18,for the benefit of (but not limited to) the children and young people living in surrey.
- To raise awareness of allergies and asthma and provide advice and guidance (through signposting to appropriate organisations) for the benefit of (but not limited to) the children and young people living in Surrey.
- To provide counselling support to children and Young people through qualified counsellors.
It is our purpose that all children and young people are supported, encouraged and given all possible opportunities to achieve their full potential.