August 6, 2014

Photo credit, Tim Hensel
Photo credit, Tim Hensel

Hearts & Minds Challenge, Manchester, UK – 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.

Founder of Hearts & Minds Challenge Ian McGrath says:

Shane Ward and Ian McGrath, photo credit Tim Hensel
Shane Ward and Ian McGrath, photo credit Tim Hensel

“We are very privileged to have a great bunch of patrons who fully support the work we do. Our patrons are not just a face of the charity, they are actively involved in raising awareness and helping to raise funds to help us continue our work in supporting families during times of crisis.”

Cheryl and BobbyFundraising and events co-ordinator Cheryl Broadfoot:

“For Shayne to accept our invitation to become a Patron of Hearts and Minds Challenge is a great moment for the charity as it will enable us to continue raising awareness on the issues faced by families affected by autism.”

Fellow Hearts & Minds supporter and Emmerdale starlet Roxanne Pallett has also been helping to promote the charity’s cause. Roxanne met the team at the Mercure Hotel on Piccadilly yesterday to shoot a video alongside Shayne to help promote the charity’s cash back website.

Shane Ward and Roxanne Pallett, photo credit Tim Hensel
Shane Ward and Roxanne Pallett, photo credit Tim Hensel

She expressed:

“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.”


The Hearts and Minds Challenge website can be found at


About the author 

Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

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