Birmingham & Black Country

New Year Honours 2018: MBE for footballer injured in crash

Charlie Fogarty Image copyright Fogarty family
Image caption Charlie Fogarty has inspired his Solihull-based disability side to success

A 21-year-old who founded a football team for people with disabilities after his own career was ended by a car accident is among the youngest people on the New Year Honours list.

Charlie Fogarty, who is appointed an MBE, set up the Solihull Moors FC Open Age Disability team aged just 18.

At 15 he suffered severe brain damage after being hit by a car as he crossed the road.

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 in rehab learning to walk, talk, eat and drink again.

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Image caption Charlie has delivered motivational speeches to many football clubs, including Middlesbrough FC

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".

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Image caption The footballer spent 10 months in rehab learning to walk, talk, eat and drink again

Other honours recipients from Birmingham and the Black Country include:

  • Alan Tuckett, a professor at the University of Wolverhampton who is knighted for services to adult learning and education
  • Jayne Cadbury, who becomes an MBE for services to philanthropy and the community in Bournville
  • Jane Clarke, until recently chief executive of the Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District, who is appointed an MBE for services to vulnerable women and children
  • Inez Henriques, from Wolverhampton, who is made an MBE for services to the West Midlands Caribbean Parents and Friends Association