Joe goes distance

Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden with Joe Atkinson, who has autism.
Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden with Joe Atkinson, who has autism.
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AUTISTIC Joe Atkinson is stepping out on a marathon challenge today to raise money for a South Yorkshire charity.

The 25-year-old, from Swinton, is walking 26 miles around Thrybergh Country Park for Rotherham charity Speakup, which supports people with learning disabilities and autism.

Joe has received the backing of Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden, who said: “I’ve run a few marathons - it takes hard work and a big commitment. I hope Joe has a good time.”

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