Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Phoenix team get their kit off to help raise funds for Hearts & Minds

We have partnered with the Manchester phoenix Sports Foundation ,together we are raising funds to produce our first nude fundraising calendar.

All funds raised from this calendar will be used to fund the vital family support services offered by both charities.

This is a Calendar you don't want to miss out on , it would make a perfect stocking filler this Christmas and Hearts & Minds needs your support to make this happen.

We have set up a crowdfunder page to raise £5000 in 30 days, to do this we really need your help!

How the crowdfunder works 
1. You make a pledge
2. You will not be charged until the campaign hits its target 

Please help us spread the word on Facebook & Twitter 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cleopatra are reforming for our Annual Ball

Cleopatra were a band of three sisters formed in Manchester twenty years ago and thanks to being teen sensations are still only in their early thirties now.
The three sisters are performing a special one off performance for our Annual Ball on the 29th November at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel Manchester.
Lead singer Cleo said: “I can’t wait to get back onstage with my sisters and we have a real treat in store for fans. It’s been such a long time since we have performed as a group and extra special as we know that we are doing it for such a worthy charity.
The trio will perform some of their best-known hits along with some new, unreleased material and a selection of disco covers

If you would like to attend our ball please contact Cheryl

Monday, 6 October 2014

Our 68 Year old volunteer zip slides for Autism

We would like to say a huge Thank you to Bernie for taking on the thrilling challenge of the 250m zip slide across the Manchester Ship Canal to help raise vital funds for Hearts & Minds. 
Bernie said she loved it and would like to go again, what an amazing acheievement for a lady that is scared of heights ! 

She has raised an amazing total of £100 so far, if anyone would like to sponsor her you still can at

More dates will be added soon of further zip slide events , You can keep up to date with all Hearts & Minds events on our Facebook page

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Shayne talks about our cashback site

Our patron Shayne Ward explains how our cashback site works and how easy it is in this short video.

Its shopping but better ! You Shop, You Earn, You Give
If you already shop online you can receive cashback on everything you buy , and help raise funds for Hearts & Minds which is a cause close to Shayne's heart.

Shop from over 1000 retailers , its easy to sign up and is completely free,
 You can choose how much you would like to donate , you can also track how much you have earnt through our website

If you register before the 31st October for our cashback site you will also be entered into a draw to win 4 free tickets to our annual ball
For more details of our ball visit

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sainsbury's to roll out new trolleys to help parents of children with disabilities

Sainsbury's is rolling out a new range of shopping trolleys designed especially for parents of children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or autism.

The supermarket will begin introducing nearly 600 of the trolleys to its stores across the UK from today.

The new trolleys are fitted with a special padded seat and harness designed for maximum comfort and security and all Sainsbury’s supermarkets will have at least one of the new trolleys by the end of October.

More details :

Friday, 12 September 2014

Shaun loves his new iPad

Shaun's Mum Nicola decided to take part in the Hearts & Minds mobile recycling scheme with the hope of collecting 165 old mobile phones to exchange for an iPad for Shaun, He is 3 years old and is non-verbal , they hope the iPad will help him communicate better with people around him.

Nicola said she lives in a smallish town so found Facebook a great tool to get the word out and her local paper also did an advert to help spread the word and appeal for people to dig their old phones out.

The nursery Shaun attends helped by putting posters up , and local shops and businesses agreed to be drop off points.

Nicola was amazed with the reaction and the phones flowed in and within 4 weeks they had managed to collect not 165 phones but 220 phones and managed to get Shaun an iPad Air.

Shaun is really enjoying his new iPad and mum says he knows how to work it and will benefit greatly , She thanks everyone involved who helped to make it possible.
For more details or to register for our mobile phone recycling scheme visit

Monday, 8 September 2014

Dress designer to the 'stars' Nadine shows her support for Hearts & Minds

Nadine Merabi launched the brand Ono Uno in Autumn 2013 , they create luxurious, timeless, high end evening wear.
Nadine has dressed some of the UK’s best known tv actresses including: Michelle  Keegan , Brooke Vincent , Catherine Tyldesley, Jennifer MetCalfe and Georgia May Foote.

Nadine Merabi has kindly offered Hearts & Minds a bespoke dress to be auctioned off at our annual ball in November. She will be designing a completely unique dress for the lucky winner which includes all fittings and everything by Nadine herself.

Nadine is relatively new to the fashion world , having remarkably taught herself how to sew and design. Tucked away in her bedroom, using a machine she bought from Argos and watching You Tube videos. Nadine worried she would be laughed at, it was an idea she kept to herself after a total U-turn in her education and career as an International hockey player, representing her country for nearly 10 years.

You can see her unique & stunning dresses here