Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, is celebrating it’s annual Digital Heroes event, hosted by TalkTalk, which raised an impressive £388,000.
The event in association with Citizens Online and The Mirror and backed by Go ON UK, was the UK’s first scheme recognising people who harness the internet to bring about positive social change.
It brought together 390 leaders from the telecoms who were invited to bid on some exciting auction lots which, as well as once-in-a-lifetime experiences in entertainment, sport and leisure, included original and limited edition artwork by pupils and alumni of TreeHouse School and myVoice volunteer Louis Sdfasfas.
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Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said, “We are so grateful to TalkTalk for their ongoing commitment to us. Once again, with their help, this event has raised a fantastic amount which will go a long way to help us continue to provide services, raise awareness and understanding and campaign for change to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism.”
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism and provides services, raise awareness and understanding and campaign for change. The organisation offers specialist education and support through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College.
The TreeHouse School pupils’ artwork sold for £10,000 to Jonathan Stead of Rapier while lunch with Sir Charles Dunstone went for £10,000. To put into perspective just what the money raised means to the charity, £5,000 could pay for the 15 young people to gain training and accreditation in filmmaking through the charity’s Young Filmmakers project; enhancing employability and career aspirations.
Autism affects one in every 100 people and the charity’s vision is to build towards a society that recognises children and young people with autism as “valuable human beings, deserving of support and full of potential.”
Photo caption: Jonathan Stead of Rapier