Rugby club Exeter Chiefs' centre Ollie Devoto paid a special visit to Peter Betteridge bed store in Honiton this week, in partnership with sleep and wellbeing brand Mammoth.

Following the store's reopening earlier this month, professional rugby player Ollie unveiled the newly designed Mammoth studio in a socially distanced visit to highlight the importance of sleep for both mental and physical wellbeing.

Representatives from Honiton Rugby Club were invited to meet Ollie on the day, including two players from the club’s juniors team.

Mammoth and Peter Betteridge also arranged for Ollie to sign four Exeter Chiefs rugby balls which were donated to Honiton Rugby Club Juniors and will go into auctions planned for the 22nd of May and the 26th of June (thanks to Honiton Sports Shop for their contribution to this donation).

Ollie says: “It was great to visit the new Mammoth studio at Peter Betteridge and meet with some young rugby stars of the future. My years of playing at professional level have taught me the value of rest and recovery when it comes to performing at your best. When your sleep isn’t the best quality, it has an effect on training and performance, and I think it’s important for youngsters to learn the benefits of sleep from an early age.

“It’s also why I’m such an advocate for Mammoth, as sleeping on a Mammoth mattress has made such a difference to my sleep. I used to wake up with a stiff back in the morning, but I don’t have any problems any more. My mattress keeps me supported and eases any aches and pains, so I feel recovered and raring to go for training and games. I’d highly recommend Mammoth to anyone and champion better sleep for everyone.”

Ollie has slept on a Mammoth mattress since 2014, after learning about the company through its partnership with the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA).

Sales manager Stuart Page represented Mammoth on the day, and says: “Mammoth’s pedigree in elite sport over the past decade makes it the go-to provider for sportspeople. We appreciate Ollie coming along to the Peter Betteridge store to showcase the new Mammoth studio area and highlight how everybody can gain from the quality sleep that comes from having the right sleep surface.

“We’re proud to be working with retailers across the country to support them after a difficult year and continue to show the value to consumers of investing in the best sleep and comfort technologies.”

Mammoth mattresses have been sold in Peter Betteridge for two years.

Store manager David Fletcher comments: “It was a special day for us to welcome one of our local heroes to the store, and so inspiring for the youngsters who attended on the day. Thank you to Mammoth for arranging the visit, and of course to Ollie for his support.”

Pictured: Stuart Page, Ollie Devoto and David Fletcher