United fan Ben Withey experienced the “best day” of his life when his hero Sir Bobby Charlton took time out to sign his hand-drawn portraits, which will now be sold to raise money for two separate charities.
The 39-year-old spent around 100 hours on two pieces of art that were submitted to the club. To his great delight, he was then asked to attend last month’s 4-0 win over Norwich to meet the subject of his sketches, Sir Bobby.
“I was trying to raise some money for Huntington’s disease, which runs through my family, and I got in contact with United through a local newspaper,” Ben explains. “I was invited to Old Trafford, where I had the great privilege and honour to meet Sir Bobby.
“It was a little bit scary and I was quite nervous at first, but he is such a lovely man and is obviously a legend at this club. He basically is Manchester United! Thankfully, he was impressed by the pictures and the attention to detail, which meant so much to me.
“I am now going to sell the drawings for charity, one for Huntington’s Disease and the other for Muscular Dystrophy. I have got another picture of David Beckham too, so I’m hoping to get him to sign it and we can then sell that one for charity as well.”