FUNDRAISING NEWS: Harry Potter link-up nets autism money

The National Autistic Society has received more than £1,000 from Harry Potter fans who made online donations to celebrate the 14th birthday of Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays the teen wizard in the film adaptations of JK Rowling's best-selling books.

The charity was chosen by the official Daniel Radcliffe web site, because Radcliffe backed the cause in the past by appearing in a DVD to help people with autism read human emotions more easily.

"It's great to see Harry Potter's magic extend to the voluntary sector," said Sam Jeffrey, director of fundraising and marketing at the National Autistic Society.

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