Brave Bridlington woman meets her Hull City idols

Craig Fagan, Peter Smurthwaite and Bryan Hughes pictured with Charl Black.
Craig Fagan, Peter Smurthwaite and Bryan Hughes pictured with Charl Black.

AT LEAST one of 
Charlotte Black’s wishes was realised when she met players from her beloved Hull City when they visited Bridlington over the weekend.

Charlotte, who is known as Charl, 20, suffers from a rare and aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis and recently drew up a wish list of things she wanted to do before she turned 21 in January next year.

One of those things was to meet some of her idols – the footballers at Hull City – and last Saturday she managed to achieve it after Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite invited Charl to Town’s game with a Hull XI at their stadium on Queensgate.

Charl’s mum Caroline said: “She was absolutely over the moon when she got to meet some of the players and she really enjoyed the whole day.

“She has been grinning like a Cheshire cat since.

“It has really perked her up which is great. She is out of hospital again now, and the steroids she has been given seem to be helping – plus she is now on a new drug so we hope things will keep getting better. The players she met were really nice and we would all like to thank Bridlington Town for making Charl so welcome.”

Charl was diagnosed with MS just three months before her 18th birthday, and soon needed to use a wheelchair and now rarely leaves her house.

Pete Smurthwaite, chairman of Bridlington Town Football Club, said he was happy to have welcomed Charl to Queensgate.

“After I saw the article in the Free Press saying that Charl enjoys watching Hull City I wanted to get in touch with her and her family and invite her along, and I think everyone really enjoyed the game.”

The match was eventually abandoned (see match report on page 87) after Town striker Craig Hogg required an ambulance on the pitch after being knocked out when he was hit in the face with the ball at close range. Thankfully he didn’t sustain any lasting 
injury.

“It was a good occasion, despite how it ended, and Charl is welcome back any time she would like to come along.

“Hopefully she caught the Brid Town bug as well,” said Mr Smurthwaite.

Another of Charl’s wishes was to have a professional makeover and become a model for the day. Her mum Caroline and other members of the family are now fundraising to help achieve more on her wishlist.

If you can help you can contact the Free Press newsdesk on 677338 and we will pass your details on to her family.