Sunday, 17 November 2013

£30,000 raised for autism by the Hearts and Minds Ball

A huge thank you from all the Hearts and Minds families to all the friends, supporters and celebrities who attended the Viva Las Vegas Ball on Saturday 9th November.

More than £30,000 was raised, which will go towards the total needed to build the planned Education Centre for Autism in Manchester.

Hearts and Minds Ambassador Cleo Higgins arrived at the event in style and later sang...

Hearts and Minds patron and paralympic athlete Rik Waddon also attended the ball with his wife Natalie Jones, here with Hearts and Minds Events Manager Cheryl Broadfoot (centre)

Cheryl, whose son Bobby has autism, bravely had her head shaved at the event, after raising thousands in sponsorship, and then joined Cleo on-stage!

Also at the event, Manchester Mum Annette Jackson spoke about family life with autism.

Finally thank you to everyone who helped organise the event, including the Rococo Group, Julie Perry Events, the Hilton Hotel, and everyone who sponsored Cheryl, shared details of the ball, wrote about it,  and posted photographs and the video!

More about Hearts and Minds and how we help children with autism here:

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Hearts & Minds Autism Christmas Gift Guide Part 1

Beautiful jewellery

Treat someone special to a unique handmade Christmas Gift by Caroline.  Prices start from just £2.99 and 10% of all sales go to Hearts and Minds.

Teacher's Presents

Unique and personalised gifts by another friend of Hearts and Minds.  These plaques are £8.99 each + P&P.


Just Look and Cook is a textfree visual cookbook that is being used with young people with autism with great success.  Produced in Ireland, it costs €20 + P&P and can be ordered here:

Character clothing

There's a huge range of character T shirts and pyjamas available from stockists like Tesco for the gamer in your household.

Weighted lap pads and quilts

This £20 weighted lap pad is one of many special needs products from Rosy & Bo.


Fun stuff includes this mug from Cafe Press

Special needs stocking fillers

Christmas Stocking fillers from  Fledglings, a national charity that finds and sells products to improve the lives of disabled children and their families:

Or you could of course make a donation to Hearts and Minds instead this Christmas ....

Friday, 8 November 2013

What kind of Mobile Phones can be recycled to exchange for an iPad?

Hearts and Minds accepts MOST old mobile phones.

However, for the charity to raise funds and to cover the cost of the iPads we cannot accept donations of phones over 10 years old, or non colour screen mobile phones.

Clues to age - e.g. small brick size phones, non colour screens, phones with antennae.

Examples below:

Mobile phones that will not be accepted 

1. Dummy Mobile phones 

These could be:
... Retail dummy display only models.
... Not real working mobile phone handsets

2. Home land line phones 

These could be:
... Land line house phones.
... Phones that do not take a mobile phone Sim card.

3. Very badly damaged, scrap mobile phones

These could be:
... Mobile phones with no screens or keyboards.
... Just motherboards with no casing

4. Counterfeit / Fake mobile phones 

These could be:
... Chinese made imitation mobile phones
... Most often fake apple iPhones
... Usually take 2 Sim cards

5. Mobile phones from landfills

These are:
... Usually covered in dirt
... Stained and heavily marked handsets 

Could an iPad help your child?

If you live in Britain, simply collect 165 old mobile phones and the Manchester-based charity Hearts and Minds will exchange them for a new iPad.

Details here:

Website: :
Twitter: @handmchallenge
Pinterest: Hearts and Minds
Google+: Hearts and Minds

More about the charity here: Hearts & Minds Challenge

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Hearts and Minds Cheshire Cycling Challenge 2014

Join us for a Hearts & Minds Challenge, Sunday 20th July 2014! 

Hearts And Minds Challenge together with CycleSurgery Manchester invite you to join us for this fantastic cycling event. All running costs for the event are covered by our sponsors so every penny of your registration fee will be used to support families living with Autism in the UK. 

Starting and finishing in the stunning grounds of Capesthorne Hall the ride will comprise of an intermediate (53.5 miles) and advanced course (74 miles), both warming up with a rolling 12 miles through the heart of the Cheshire countryside. 

Next is where the “Challenge” comes in! 

The course will head off towards Bosley Hill and the famous “Dumbers” climb towards Buxton and will branch off towards the little village of Flash – At 1560ft home of the highest pub in England! 

At this point the advanced ride will peel off towards Bakewell. Taking in some of Derbyshire’s most spectacular vistas, climbs and hamlets (and fast, fun descents!) It will loop back to Buxton and then take in the stunning climb through The Goyt Valley and finally descending back into Cheshire after over 3500ft of climbing. 

The intermediate course will still be a challenge with a fast descent from Flash into Buxton and will take in Long Hill and The Goyt Valley before rolling along Clough Brook through the lovely valley of Wildboarclough before climbing back over the Dumbers and descending back into Cheshire. Make no mistake! This is still a challenge and takes in nearly 2500ft of climbing – enough to test the majority of keen cyclists! 

You will be joined on this ride by our Patron Rik Waddon. Rik has been an inspiration to many with his fantastic cycling career which has included multiple successes in the Paralympics and World Championships. 

All cyclists who have registered for this event will be entered into a prize draw for a new Carbon Road Bike and will also receive a voucher giving 10% discount off all none sale accessories and clothing at the Manchester Cycle Surgery store. Cycle Surgery will also have a bike maintenance area at the start / finish area and will be on hand to help with any mechanical problems. They will also have a stock of spare parts available should you need them. There will be a number of drink stations and marshals along both routes as well as a medical team for your safety. 

We will also have a Family Fun Day at Capesthorne Hall for your family to enjoy while you are cycling. 

Sign up here:

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

See Twelve Angry Men and raise funds for Hearts and Minds

The charity has secured up to 30 seats per performance for

Monday 18th November at 7.30pm
Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th November at 7.30pm
Monday 25th November at 7.30pm
Thursday 26th November at 7.30pm
Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm
Monday 2nd Decemberat 7.30pm
Tuesday 3rd December at 7.30pm
Wednesday 4th December at 7.30pm

Top price £49.50 seats reduced to £19.50 plus a mandatory donation of £5 to Hearts and Minds

Offer closes on Friday 22nd November - so book now by clicking on this link...

100% of all funds raised go directly to Hearts and Minds to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH 
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross 


Terms and Conditions: Top price £49.50 seats reduced to £19.50, plus £5 donation. Maximum of 6 tickets per transaction/per household and subject to availability. A £2.75 transaction fee applies. Tickets can only be booked online via the above link and are not available on the telephone or at the Garrick Theatre Box Office. Tickets cannot be re-sold for profit or commercial gain and should any tickets sold via this link be found on ebay or secondary ticketing websites they will be cancelled immediately and the attendees refused admission to the theatre. Offer closes on Friday 22nd November. Any unsold tickets after these date will be released for general sale.