Sheffield autism fundraiser is a big hit

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A fundraising event compered by Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst at a city centre casino scored a big hit for autism charities.

Guests at the Genting Club Sheffield gave generously to raise £15,300 with the proceeds split between the National Autistic Society and the Autism Plus charity in Sheffield.

The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University also benefited.

The venue in St Paul’s Place hosted a sell-out lunch for 240 people followed by entertainment from a comedian and a singer, a speaker from the National Autistic Society and a prize draw.

It was organised by fundraisers John Tompkins and his daughter Alex Tunney, together with the event singer, Jamie Butler, whose six-year-old son Kieran has autism.

Casino general manager Kath Barton said: “Everyone had a great time and David Hirst was a fantastic host.

“We were pleased to support this worthy cause and help the organisers raise such a significant sum.”

Genting sponsored the drinks reception and donated prizes.