Sunderland football players will support a campaign for a new Centre for Autism in the North East. Members of the team will join families affected by autism on a mile-long fundraising walk around the Stadium of Light.
The money raised will help the North East Autism Society build a central base in Newton Aycliffe, to provide specialist services and support for families.
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