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Teenagers are on track to raise funds for Asperger's charity
6:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Two teenagers who volunteer on Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are spearheading fundraising for the National Autistic Society.
Stockbridge boy Joseph Halloway and Oliver Morgan, from Wakefield, particularly want to help young people with Asperger Syndrome.
The 14-year-old friends started out last March by raising more than £1,500 by shaving their heads at Oxenhope Station.
The fundraising has been supported by fellow members of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway flourishing Young People’s Group.
Oliver set up the group Asperger’s Fundraiser to oversee the fundraising events, and Joseph later became the group’s event and budgeting officer.
Oliver said: “Joe has shone in the role, relishing the challenge, and has become one of the driving forces behind the project.”
Joseph, who attends Bingley Grammar School, has now joined Oliver to plan Have An Asperger’s Adventure, on Sunday at the Elsecar Heritage Railway near Barnsley.
Families will be able to meet Bert the Brickworks Engine – the group’s new mascot – play on a railway simulator, and see model railways. There will also be a real locomotive sporting the headboard “Aspergers Flyer”, one of several special trains to feature at events around the UK.