In Yarm, a number of businesses took part in wear it festive on Friday December 8, including Roseberry Newhouse, Newcastle Building Society and the Library and One World Travel.

The Stockton based charity which supports families affected by autism across the Tees Valley, appealed for businesses, community groups, offices, supermarkets, organisations, groups of friends to don something festive and help raise vitally needed funds.

£40 can fund a social club session for a child with autism, £75 will pay for a short break session, £500 will facilitate one-to-one sessions for four children with severe autism.

Kate and Craig Alewood’s son George was diagnosed with autism when he was three and they have been visiting Daisy Chain since 2011. Kate said: ‘Daisy Chain is our favourite place – we love it. I don’t know what we would do without it; we can’t go to mainstream places. They’re busy and unpredictable, and there are too many people.’

Stuart Dexter, chief executive of Daisy Chain said: ‘It was lovely to see so many of our families and supporters getting involved, feeling festive and raising money for Daisy Chain. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone.’