Oliver’s charity train celebrates birthday

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Kinsley teenager Oliver Morgan is celebrating the first anniversary of his steam train project to raise awareness of autism.

The Asperger’s Flyer, spearheaded by the Hemsworth Arts and Community College pupil, marked its first birthday at an event at Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR).

Oliver, 15, who has Asperger syndrome, organised the event for the National Autistic Society and he has now launched the Asperger’s Flyer Educational Society to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder.

The organisation, whose trustees include KWVR’s young persons’ officer Zandra Richards and Eric Rawcliffe, chairman of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust, will also run the Flyer.

Oliver said: “We celebrated on the railway for the day and discussed at length the ways in which the Flyer could grow and prosper.

“I’m confident that the Flyer is in the safest hands possible.

“I feel so honoured to have been the one to spearhead the project and look forward to working with such capable and inventive trustees.”