A 15-YEAR-OLD boy with autism has been shortlisted alongside other inspiring people across the North West for a positivity award.

In February, the Star reported how the then 14-year-old Oliver Reece-Woods from Laffak, launching his own t-shirt line aiming to spread positivity.

Inspired by overcoming a difficult time at his previous high school where his mum Lisa Woods says he was labelled as "naughty and problematic", Oliver blossomed after transferring to Rainford High, and turned his focus to creating a positive future for himself – by launching his own clothing line Oliver Jude Clothing.

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He now has three t-shirts with the words 'I am Joy', 'Believe in Yourself' and 'Love' available for purchase.

Now, less than eight months after launching his business, he's been nominated for a Positivity Award, an awards night and gala dinner in Liverpool celebrating positivity and life.

Oliver said: "I am just so shocked and proud of being nominated for this award, I don't consider myself to be lucky in life but I've worked hard and tried to be positive and spread that to others and this has happened.

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"It feels great because all those people who told me a wouldn't achieve anything are wrong, because I've worked hard to move forward and prove them wrong.

"It's just amazing, if it can happen to me then it should show others that they can achieve anything if they put their all into it."

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