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Harry Wells ambassador for the National Autistic Society

Leicester Tigers lock Harry Wells has become an ambassador for the UK’s leading autism charity, the National Autistic Society.

Harry, who has made 86 appearances for his hometown club having come through the famous academy, has a personal connection to autism. Oscar, one of his three-year-old twin sons, was diagnosed as autistic in 2018.

Oscar and his dad are also the stars of the National Autistic Society’s new film about their World Autism Awareness Week sporting challenge, 7K for 700K, which launches today.   

Harry Wells, said: “I’m honoured and excited to have the opportunity to support the National Autistic Society as an ambassador. The work they do is fantastic and truly inspiring to see, supporting individuals and campaigning to create a more understanding society that works for autistic people like my Oscar.”

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have a talented sportsperson like Harry, who plays for England's most successful Premiership Rugby club, as our ambassador. 

“There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK. Harry’s personal experience as dad to a young autistic boy and willingness to talk openly about everyday joys and challenges, have made him a passionate champion for increasing public understanding of autistic lives – helping us move a little closer to creating a society that works for autistic people.”     

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. Since 1962, the NAS have been campaigning for autistic people’s rights and providing support and advice to autistic people and their families.
 
Participants in the 7K for 700K challenge can choose to run, cycle, walk or swim 7 kilometres during World Autism Awareness Week (30 March to 5 April 2020) in support of the 700,000 autistic people across the UK. Get involved by clicking here