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X Factor star Scott James to appear at Haselbury Mill charity ball

By WG_MGoodchild  |  Posted: May 07, 2013

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A former X-Factor contestant who suffers from a form of autism will be the star attraction at a ball organised by a Yeovil boy and his mum.

Scott James – a hopeful in the ITV talent contest in 2009 – will appear at the charity event on Saturday to help raise awareness of the lifelong condition Asperger syndrome.

The fundraiser at Haselbury Mill on Saturday starts at 6pm and will include a three-course meal, a wine reception, a raffle, auctions and a DJ.

Proceeds will be donated to three charities supporting children with autism in Somerset – Fiveways Special School in Yeovil, the Children’s Autism Outreach Team and the Somerset branch of The National Autistic Society.

Nine-year-old Riley Lye from Yeovil helped to organised the event, which has been named Riley’s Wish.

He was first diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was six and is one of around 5,300 people living with autism in Somerset.

Riley’s mum Victoria Powis said: “I’m delighted with the response we’ve had to the ball so far and am so proud of Riley for helping to organise it.

“Riley has come so far over the last few years but still struggles to make friends and gets frustrated when other children his age can’t understand the way he is.

“I hope the ball will raise awareness of his condition and send out a message that it’s okay to be different.”

Scott James, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 13, reached the boot camp stage of the X-Factor, but was eliminated from the contest after suffering a panic attack before a performance in front of Simon Cowell.

Carly Ryan, who performed on BBC3 programme Autistic Superstars, will also appear.

Tickets are available from www.rileyswish.co.uk

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