A SPECIAL Christmas party is being organised in Halesowen to help provide a safe space for a three-year-old boy with autism.

Rowley Regis youngster Joseph Dallow has been diagnosed with autism, anxiety and sleep problems and regularly hurts himself in “meltdowns”.

He attacks his mother Faye daily and causes harm to himself to the point that his family have to call 999 so he can be checked on by medics.

As a way of helping to stop these attacks, Joe’s family want to raise £8,000 to create a ‘safe space’ – including various specialist equipment – in his bedroom.

Joe’s aunt Wendy Hodgetts said: “It’s such a task for him to cope in day-to-day life, but if we can raise the money for his safe space to be made for his bedroom, this will all stop.

“He will no longer be able to hurt himself or the people that are closest to him.”

To raise the funds, the family have organised a Christmas party, which will take place from 7pm at Benjamin’s in Birmingham Street, Halesowen, on Thursday, December 7.

The night will include food and entertainment, while a raffle will have prizes such as signed memorabilia, vouchers, and bespoke items of jewellery – including a 1.10 carat diamond earrings set in white gold with a value of £1,000.

BBC WM’s Richie Anderson will be attending the event and hosting the auction, while Rowley Regis boxer Jason Welborn and ex-fighters Nigel Rafferty and Richie Carter will be available for photos.

Wendy added: “Please round your family and friends up and join us in trying to raise the money our little Joe.”

To donate towards Joe’s safe space visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wendy-hodgetts, or to buy tickets for the event, costing £10, call 07825 369497.