Matt King has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s birthday list in recognition of his inspirational character and his work associated with charities. Statement issued by Matt through the RLF Benevolent Fund.

It is such a great honour for me to receive this O.B.E, and I am deeply humbled to have even been considered. I would like to thank my family and all those who have assisted me since my accident, particularly from the Rugby League community. The support I have received has made coming to terms with my injury, and my new life, a great deal easier, and for that I will always be thankful. Having returned to school following my accident to complete my A-levels, and going onto University to study for my degree, I am now in the fortunate position of working as a trainee solicitor in London, and this is certainly not something I thought possible during my time in hospital. I feel proud and privileged to be able to give something back to those who can gain from my experiences, and I fully intend to continue as a fundraiser for the Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund, an ambassador for the Variety Club of Great Britain and an advocate for spinal injury charities. I hope this honour can provide extra publicity and profile to those who work so hard on behalf of people with serious spinal injuries.