Former Leicester prop Matt Hampson has said he has been "staggered" by the support he has recieved since his career ending injury in 2005.
Hampson suffered a serious spinal injury, which left him paralysed from the neck down, while training with England Under-21s.
He told BBC East Midlands Today: "It's been staggering, people from all walks of life have supported me.
"The rugby community has been amazing, it's like another family."
He added: "Going back to Welford Road is like going home. Leicester Tigers is an amazing club."
Speaking ahead of the third annual 'Walk4Matt', which begins on Saturday, Hampson spoke about his desire to help others in his position.
"I've had such great support and I feel it's time to give back.
"We're aiming to raise awareness of disabled people as well as a lot of money.
"I want to show people that there is a life after serious injury."