TalkTalk raises £360,000 for children and young people with autism

Ambitious about Autism Digital Heroes Event£360,000 was raised at Digital Heroes 2014 at an event hosted by TalkTalk at Supernova in London on 12 November 2014. The money raised will be split between Ambitious about Autism (80%), the national charity for children and young people with autism, and TalkTalk’s Digital Heroes Foundation, which helps local projects using technology to make their communities better. This takes the total TalkTalk has raised for Ambitious about Autism to over £2 million during its 12-year partnership.

The Digital Heroes event was attended by over 340 guests of TalkTalk and Ambitious about Autism and included a live auction hosted by Edward Rising, formerly of Sotheby’s. Auction lots included:

  • Artwork produced by pupils at Ambitious College – sold for £10,500
  • Old Trafford Corporate box – sold for £9,000
  • VIP tickets to The X Factor 2014 final – sold for £6,000

The funds raised will support Ambitious about Autism’s work to give young people a voice through digital technology. Digital technology is a key tool used to support the social and educational development of the children and young people across the charity’s services, including TreeHouse School and Ambitious College.

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said:

“The TalkTalk Digital Heroes event has exceeded everyone’s expectations again, raising £360,000 for children and young people with autism and the Digital Heroes Foundation. We are very grateful to TalkTalk for its continued support Ambitious about Autism, which has raised over £2 million since 2002. This has enabled our services to continue and for vital new services to be developed to support young people with autism and their families.”

“Our sincere thanks go to all the companies who bought tables, the donors of the exciting auction lots, and the very generous and enthusiastic bidders. In addition, we want to thank TalkTalk’s employees and customers who have helped contribute to this phenomenal total.”

Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk Group, said:

“We are delighted so many of TalkTalk’s partners joined with us for this special evening, in celebration of the work of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Foundation and in particular benefit of Ambitious about Autism. This is the fifth year that we have hosted an annual charity auction for Ambitious about Autism. Ambitious about Autism offers a vital service and we are particularly impressed by its use of technology. That’s why are proud to have given children and young people with autism a voice by raising over £2 million for Ambitious about Autism over the last 12 years. We look forward to our partnership, and the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Foundation, going from strength to strength.”

Launched at last year’s auction, the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Foundation was born out of TalkTalk’s belief that the internet can make Britain better off. The foundation aims to support local projects that are using technology for good to benefit their local communities. TalkTalk has now donated in excess of £500,000 to support projects like these. For more information please visit www.digitalheroes.talktalk.co.uk.

About Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. The charity provides services, raises awareness and understanding, and campaigns to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. We exist to enable children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve and through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College and  we provide specialist education and support. Find out more at www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

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