John Hambly from The Samson Centre to be awarded his OBE

A very worthy presentation will be taking place on November 9th, when John Hambly receives an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List, delayed from 2020, for his services to people with disabilities in Surrey.  The investiture will take place at Orange Court, Loseley House and be presented by the Queen’s representative, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux

In 2003, John formulated plans and initiated the fundraising to form The Samson Centre for MS in Guildford and in the intervening years has continued to develop the facilities to serve those dealing with the day to day issues presented by Multiple Sclerosis. With a team of devoted trustees, this includes physiotherapy, exercise groups, gym classes and oxygen therapy run by dedicated staff and volunteers, in collaboration with the Wey Kayak Club and the Guildford branch of the British Sub Aqua Club.

Funded almost entirely by voluntary donations, John, his wife Marion and their daughters, Ellie, Megan, Grace and Cerys have been at the forefront of fundraising events, both locally and through John’s former rugby club, Actonians RFC. John was himself diagnosed with MS in 1999 and has recently published his story, Samson Rising, sold through Waterstones and Amazon, revealing his formative years in Cornwall, a career in surveying, his huge passion for rugby through to his life now, adjusting to the trials of living with MS.

If you would like to know more or are able to help support The Samson Centre, either go to the website, or call 01483 459120.


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