Honour for Manchester United disabled supporters’ group leader
Club congratulates Chas Banks on MBE in New Year’s Honours.
Chas Banks, secretary of Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association (MUDSA), has been awarded an MBE for services to people with disabilities in Greater Manchester and the north-west of England.
The award, which makes Banks a Member of the Order of the British Empire, recognises his huge contribution to improving the experience of disabled Manchester United supporters, and his work with Manchester United Foundation in supporting people with disabilities in the local community.
The MBE was announced on Friday evening as part of the first New Year’s Honours awarded by King Charles since his accession to the throne in September.
Chas, who has been a prominent part of MUDSA for 25 years, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honour and it was an amazing surprise when I was informed. There has been huge progress made in the way that disabled fans are treated at football games and I’m proud of the role that MUDSA continues to play in that ongoing process, particularly at Old Trafford.
“Of course, it’s a great honour personally, but really this is for everyone who has been part of building MUDSA into the biggest and best disabled supporters’ organisation in football. That wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Manchester United, my wife and carer Shirley, the MUDSA committee, and all our loyal members.”
Congratulations to Chas for his honour.
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