Matthew was born on 10th of January 1994, the middle of three sons. He was diagnosed with a complex congenital heart condition at just 10 days old. At Guys’ Hospital he had pioneering surgery during a ten hour operation. With daily medication and regular check ups, Matthew thrived and at the age of 5 years old, he went to Bickley Park School. At the age of 8, further surgery was necessary, which left him with short term memory problems. Despite this, he passed the 11+ and gained a place at Dartford Grammar School. Here, his love of Latin, which he had been introduced to at Bickley, grew and after passing 14 GCSE’s Matthew studied Latin and Classical Civilisation as part of the IB. He was thrilled to be offered a place Royal Holloway to study Classics and graduated in the summer of 2015.
Rugby had always been another passion of Matthew and although he was not allowed to play contact sports, he was an avid fan. He was proud to be part of The Pack, volunteering at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and helping with Logistics at the Olympic Stadium. He did work experience at Bromley Council and began a proof reading course while he began to look for work. Another heart operation was being planned, although Matt tolerated exercise well and enjoyed going to the gym, cycling and playing tennis. Sadly though, his heart was deteriorating and he unexpectedly passed away in his sleep on the 13th December 2015.
Matthew’s family have set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital whose care and expertise enriched his life; helping to achieve something positive out of his tragically early death. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so here.