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PUBLISHED: 16:25 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

A GROUP of eight US soldiers, sailors and airmen armed themselves with paintbrushes and spades to help redecorate a day centre for autistic people. The group, from Maritime Component Command Headquarters in Northwood, Middlesex, painted the rooms of the

A GROUP of eight US soldiers, sailors and airmen armed themselves with paintbrushes and spades to help redecorate a day centre for autistic people.

The group, from Maritime Component Command Headquarters in Northwood, Middlesex, painted the rooms of the National Autistic Society's centre in Croydon Road, Coney Hall, and helped transform the allotment garden on Friday.

Sergeant 1st Class Brian Oleen, said: "I know how important it is that people with autism get the right help and support and centres like this provide a vital service so we're only too happy to be able to help.

"We're not scared of a bit of hard work and really enjoyed getting stuck in.

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