A POPULAR local singer is playing a very special gig - to raise money for a charity which supports his son.

Inverkip dad-of-four Mattie Collins, who has played in a number of bands and recently went solo, will perform for Reach for Autism at the charity’s Ratho Street headquarters next Friday. 

He is also hoping to start music workshops at the centre which supports families of children and young adults with autism.

Mattie has been overwhelmed by the support his son Jude, 11, has had from Reach and wanted to do something to help.

Mattie, 38, said: “My son Jude was diagnosed with Asperger’s and we wouldn’t know what to do if it wasn’t for Reach.

“They have made such a difference and I just want to show my support.

“We are also looking at running music workshops there.”

Mattie, his wife Debra, 42, and their youngest children Jude, Reuben and Noah have all benefited from Reach for Autism.

Mattie added: “Reach has made Jude feel like he is not alone and that there are other people who understand.

“There are so many inspirational people at the centre.”

Reach for Autism was up three years ago to support families and it runs a number of services and groups as well as campaigning to raise awareness of the condition.

Their young adults recently went to train the First Minister and her cabinet in autism.

They also put on a hugely successful play in the Beacon.

The Mattie Collins and Friends gig night takes place on Friday June 23 from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5.