Hearts & Minds Challenge are delighted to announce that X Factor winner Shayne Ward is their new Patron.
Shayne will be helping to spread more awareness for the Sale based charity, which helps families with children with autism.
Manchester born Shayne Ward has had first hand experience of autism as his nephew has been diagnosed as autistic, making the charity something that is close to his heart. The singer, who is about to star in a tour of Jeff Wayne’s ‘The War of the Worlds’, says he didn’t have to think twice about becoming a patron for the charity.
“I’m excited and honoured to be welcomed as a new patron of Hearts & Minds Challenge and I want to help them fight the right fight in any way that I can.
The work they do is vital for those with autism as they assist with early intervention and early education. Having personal experience of it, I see why it is so important to help those affected and their families.”
Shayne will be joining a host of other Hearts & Minds Challenge patrons, including Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, TV Presenter Melanie Sykes, Paralypian Rik Waddon and Former Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes.
Fellow Hearts & Minds supporter and Emmerdale starlet Roxanne Pallett has also been helping to promote the charity’s cause. Roxanne recently met the team at the Mercure Hotel on Piccadilly to shoot a video alongside Shayne to help promote the charity’s cash back website.
“The Hearts & Minds challenge is such an inspiring charity! It’s great to get involved to promote and support the important work that they do and to help them raise awareness for families with autistic children.”