Jolene Moore's daughter, Annie-Jo, was diagnosed with autism 18 months ago and now wants to make people more aware of the condition, as well as raising as much money as possible for the National Autistic Society which was founded over fifty years ago by parents and families who were frustrated at the lack of understanding and help available for them and their children.
It's not only Jolene's daughter who is autistic; there are also four members of her extended family, and the Autistic Society reckons that one in 100 people are autistic, or around 700,000 people in the UK.
Between 27th March and 2nd April there's the World Autism Awareness Week and Jolene, together with her cousin Chris Hudson, has organised an Autism Charity Night at Broughton Cricket Club for 31st March.
Chris, from Lower Broughton, happens to be a top Elvis Presley tribute artist and will be putting on a Sound of Presley show for the event, which will also feature Tyreese, a young local dancer, plus other surprises. The event has already sold out but Jolene and Chris have a shortage of items for their raffle and auction.
Salford City FC are donating a shirt signed by the Class of '92 for the auction and there's a signed Wayne Rooney photo from Manchester United but more things are desperately needed to make the night a spectacular fundraising success for the Autistic Society*
"The Society does stuff like courses for skills to help people with autism to get a job, and gives support for families" Jolene explains "They are quite good, trying to give someone with autism a normal day to day life.
"My daughter only got diagnosed in November 2015 so it's all still quite new to me" she adds "As well as raising money I also want to make people more aware of autism. Like, I've done it myself when you're in the supermarket and you see a child crying and you're going 'Sort your kid out'...but they could be autistic.
"People shouldn't judge what they see; they should see if the parent needs help" she adds "I've been in that situation and it's like 'Don't stare at me because that makes me feel worse'. I've got loads of leaflets and stuff about dealing with autism which I will be putting about."
The evening after the Autism Charity Night, Jolene, her mother-in-law and others will also be taking part in the Night Walk for Autism and funds raised from the previous night's event will go towards their total which will all help the National Autistic Society.
"People out there might not have a ticket for the Charity Night but they can still donate towards the walk" says Chris, who is aiming to do more Elvis charity nights throughout the year, for the Autism Society, St Ann's Hospice and any other local causes that need help... "This is my home town and that's what it's all about" he explains "Charity starts at home and I'm really looking forward to this."
Anyone wishing to donate funds can either do so through the Jolene's Night Walk for Autism page – click here or through the National Autistic Society website – click here.
*Any companies or residents that can donate items for the raffle or auction please get in touch with the Salford Star and we'll pass details onto Jolene firstname.lastname@example.org 07957 982960
UPDATE: 2nd April 2017 - the night raised over £2,000 - click here for more details