Charity train to help raise awareness

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A dedicated teenager who has Asperger’s syndrome held a charity event to raise awareness of his condition.

Oliver Morgan organised a special charity train at Kirklees Light Railway to raise money for the National Autistic Society.

The 14-year-old arranged the event with the help of fellow pupils from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy.

Oliver, who has previously shaved his head for the charity, first launched The Asperger’s Flyer, at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - where he is a regular assistant tour guide - last August.

The Flyer has travelled around various heritage railways across the country but arrived at Kirklees Light Railway for the first time last month.

Oliver said: “Despite the extremely heavy rainfall and the small amount of visitors, we had a lovely day and the Kirklees Light Railway staff were kind and considerate throughout.

“The new team members have settled into their new roles well.

“And as a reward for their hard work I made the decision to name one of the trains ‘The Fundraisers’ Flyer’ for the day with a special headboard on the front.

“We even had a special visitor who also has Asperger’s syndrome and who joined the engine driver for the day.”