MBE for 21-year-old footballer who sustained brain injury

Charlie Fogarty, who was just 15 when he was hit by a car, is among the youngest people on the New Year Honours list. 


Charlie, who has been appointed an MBE, set up the Solihull Moors FC Open Age Disability team aged just 18.  He said he hoped the award would prove to others that "anything is possible". Following his accident in 2012, Charlie spent six months in a coma and a further 10 months receiving rehabilitation, learning to walk, talk, eat and drink again. He has gone on to use the experience to become a public speaker alongside his work as a player-manager for the Solihull-based disability team he founded. Charlie has also featured as a regular squad member for the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy team. He told the BBC he hoped his MBE would help him achieve his long-term aim of inspiring "millions of people to be the best they can be". Read more about Charlie's experience here.
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