Autism rockers perform for Princes William and Harry

(l-r) James and Jak Dixon from Autism4Heroes

(l-r) James and Jak Dixon from Autism4Heroes

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YOUNG music makers hit all the right notes when they had an audience with royalty.

Students form Sunderland’s Educational Services for People with Autism College (Espa) formed a fund-raising army, to show support for military personnel injured serving their country.

And Autism4Heroes (A4H) found their most famous fan when they met with Prince Harry at Help For Heroes’ Tedworth House Recovery Centre ,in Wiltshire.

The 22 youngsters, aged 18 to 21, were asked to provide the entertainment at the opening of the National Recovery Centres, where the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry were VIP guests.

They were even able to even hand Prince Harry a copy of their fund-raising single, Help Our Heroes, courtesy of army veteran Sean Wilson.

The four homes for servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan and Iraq have been built thanks to £50million in donations.

As well as meeting recovering troops and their families, the brothers were also shown Tedworth House’s state-of-the-art Phoenix Centre gym and swimming pool.

Assistant college co-ordinator Jak Dixon, 36, said the event had been inspiring.

“The performance was an amazingly emotional affair and Autism4Heroes were stunned to hear the co-founder of Help For Heroes, Bryn Parry, describing the band as being an inspiration for their charity.

“The Tedworth show was part of a mini-tour for Autism4Heroes that also took in a trip across to Workington, to help out a charity which is aiming to build a respite centre for people with disabilities in Cumbria.

“The band performed at a charity night as part of a month of fund raising, which eventually raised an astonishing £268,000 for the Give Us A Break charity.”

Students and staff now face a new mission - to secure local authority funding to run the country’s first Specialist Traineeship Scheme with ESPA College.

Jak added: “Hopefully, the young people involved will be able to continue their fund-raising touring activities whilst learning essential employment related skill, in what promises to be a truly unique opportunity.”

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