With November drawing to a close I allow myself to start to turn my attention to Christmas, which Daisy Chain seems to do with some enthusiasm! We had a great time at our annual Daisy Chain Christmas Fayre, which was an opportunity for local people to visit Calf Fallow Farm and really got everyone in the mood for the festive season. It’s always a pleasure to welcome new visitors to our centre and I hope a fun, festive time was had by all.

Thank you to our wonderful supporters who attended our Winter Ball last weekend at Hardwick Hall Hotel. A fantastic night was had by all and we raised a significant amount for the families that we support which wouldn’t have been possible without the kind generosity of our guests on the night. 

We are getting ready for our Wear it Festive campaign on Friday December 8 which will see people across Teesside wearing their finest festive outfits for one day. Throughout December we will also be promoting Antlers for Autism on social media and encouraging people to post photos of themselves wearing antlers. The Daisy Chain team even convinced me to have an antler app applied to a photo of me!

Daisy Chain has been developing services to ease the transition for young people into adulthood and we have had some huge successes this year, including a project funded by Warburtons where a young man who had never before had a friend plucked up the courage to go bowling with our adult group. These are the stories that make our jobs worthwhile.

This has been a busy year for Daisy Chain as we have welcomed almost 300 new families to our services. As the relatively new CEO of this charity it fills me with pride and joy that we can help local people affected by autism.

Stuart Dexter – Daisy Chain Chief Executive - 28th November 2017