Grant has a special wish to help others

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A CLELAND youngster is aiming to raise awareness of autism by helping to organise a new charity event.

Grant Haddow (12), who has Asperger syndrome, is the driving force behind the Grant’s Wish group.

The St Aloysius’ College pupil is a talented singer and is preparing to perform at the Grant’s Wish Ball next June at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

Grant said: “Sometimes people think I’m being strange or rude, when really I’m just struggling to understand what’s going on.

“It would be great if more people knew more about autism and could be a bit more understanding. Hopefully Grant’s Wish will help make things a little better for people with autism.”

He added: “I’m getting really excited about Grant’s Wish, and I’m so determined to make a success of it. My mum’s always been there to support me, and for Grant’s Wish we’ll be working together as a team, so I think it will be a brilliant night.”

Grant’s mum, Julia, said: “I’ve been involved in several fundraising events over the years, but this is the first time that Grant will be taking a leading role. When Grant told me he really wanted to do something special to help make more autism visible I felt so very proud of him.“

The event will raise funds for leading autism charities The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland and Scottish Autism, ‘Scotland’s autism charity’.

For more information, visit Grant’s Wish, find Grant’s Wish on Facebook or on Twitter @GrantsWish2013.