Our Christmas appeal featured mum, Helen and her six-year-old twin boys Samuel and Thomas. Samuel has an autism diagnosis and the family are waiting for Thomas’ diagnosis. The twins can often find their world overwhelming, especially at Christmas. The changes in school routines, the decorations and Christmas food can make them anxious and sometimes leads to meltdowns.

Samuel and Thomas at Christmas 

Helen said: “We first found the National Autistic Society when Samuel was diagnosed. The information we received was a massive relief. Their website is an invaluable resource to us, and we feel comforted knowing that we can call the Helpline if we need it. They’ve helped us so much, that each Christmas does get that bit easier for our family.”

You can still donate to our Christmas appeal.

On 7 December, we held an event in partnership with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. 150 autistic people, family members and professionals came together to tell the Mayor what an autism friendly Greater Manchester would look like. This was one of Andy’s manifesto commitments, and this event was the first step in making sure it happens.


Lastly, over 500 people came to our annual Stars Shine for Autism Christmas concert, hosted by our President Jane Asher. It raised over £10,000 and took place in the historic St Clement Danes church in London. A massive thank you to EC4 Music Choir, Tim Bentinck, from Radio 4s The Archers, and poet Henry Normal.

It’s been a fantastic year – thank you for helping to make this happen and we’re looking forward to doing even more, with your help, in 2018.