Aspiring footballer Charlie Fogarty MBE returns to brain injury centre to give children an important message

On 20 May, Charlie Fogarty MBE returned to The Children’s Trust, the Rehabilitation Centre that helped him walk and talk again after an accident left him with a severe brain injury. The visit marked the launch of "Tiny Massive Moments", a campaign to show how public donations help ensure rehabilitation is fun so that children make the most progress. Charlie, 23, from Solihull, took part in a special sports session with youngsters undergoing brain injury rehabilitation, and shared his experiences since leaving the centre explaining that "you can’t change the past, but you can change the future."  Charlie Fogarty holding a panting given to him by the children from The Children's Trust Charlie Fogarty holding artwork created by one of the children at The Children's Trust. Charlie was admitted to The Children’s Trust in 2012 after he was hit by a car, leaving him with a severe brain injury. It was thanks to the intensive rehabilitation that he received that he was able to walk and talk again. Charlie has since set up and become the Player Manager of the Disability Team at Solihull Moors Football Club and delivers motivational talks to young footballers. Charlie was joined by Paralympic athlete, Ryan Raghoo and Jean Mathews, Patron of Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation, which provides specialist coaches to work with the children. Sharon Tuppeny, Head of Therapy Rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust comments: ‘‘We were thrilled to welcome Charlie back to take part in our sessions. Whether it’s as a result of an accident or illness, brain injury can be devastating for a child where they are unable to stand, walk, or even hold their head up. Children make the most progress when rehabilitation is fun and engaging, so we tune into this by incorporating activities such as football into the sessions. It was a really inspiring day for the children and young people.’’ Charlie Fogarty MBE comments: ‘‘The Children’s Trust is where I had my rehabilitation after my accident, and it was thanks to them that I am here today. It was fantastic to share my story with the children and young people at the football session and hopefully inspire others that anything is possible. Seeing them having fun during rehabilitation is so important, it’s something that I’ll take with me, and I look forward to visiting again soon.’’ Charlie Fogarty and Jean Mathews shaking hands with children at The Children\\\'s Trust                     Left - Charlie Fogarty. Centre - Zac shaking hands with Jean Matthews, daughter of Sir Stanley Matthews and patron of Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation. Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. Tiny steps lead to massive moments. To read more about ‘Tiny Massive Moments’ visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/tiny-massive-moments

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