Leeds bobby set to pound the streets for charity

Sergeant Paul Curtis with son Reuben.
Sergeant Paul Curtis with son Reuben.
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policeman Paul Curtis is used to chasing criminals but next month he’ll be the one going on the run.

The officer will join thousands of fundraisers in London next month to help raise money for the National Autistic Society.

Sereant Curtis chose to raise money for the charity after his five-year-old son Reuben has suspected Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.

Reuben is currently undergoing assessment for the lifelong developmental condition, which affects how people communicate with others.

Sgt Curtis, a keen guitarist, is organising an acoustic evening in Leeds next month to help boost his fundraising efforts.

He said: “Reuben is a very bright boy but he can struggle in social situations and finds it difficult to make friends, which are often traits of Asperger syndrome.

“Reuben’s birthday falls on the same day as the marathon so I will be thinking of him all the time to spur me on.”

Six acts are set to take centre stage at Tiger Tiger, in Leeds, as part of the Acoustic for Autism fundraiser on Wednesday, April 3.

David Boorman from The National Autistic Society added: “Autism is a lot more common than most people think: the Virgin London Marathon will attract a crowd of around half a million people, roughly the same number of people that have autism in the UK.”

Tickets for the acoustic evening cost £7 and for more information visit www.paul-curtis.com

Visit www.justgiving.com/PaulCurtis74.

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