I write this column shortly after World Autism Awareness Week comes to a close. It has been wonderful to see more information about autism in the media both nationally and locally. At Daisy Chain we received fantastic support from local businesses as well as libraries and schools, all working together to support people affected by autism. We mustn’t get complacent though – there’s still a long way to go in making the world a better place for people affected by autism – but it really does feel that people are starting to develop a better understanding of the disorder.

We’ve also recently celebrated World Autism Day. Daisy Chain held a special activity day on Saturday 14th April where we welcomed over 100 children with autism and their families to our farm to enjoy inflatables, the ‘Bubble Man’, face painting and many other fun activities.

As always, the Easter holidays are busy time at Daisy Chain with lots of activities at our farm as well as family trips to Tweddle Farm and the Showcase cinema as well as a welly walk at Wynyard Hall.  More unusually the children had the opportunity to empty the fountains in the grounds of Wynyard Hall of coins used to make a wish; which was then donated to help Daisy Chain continue with its amazing work. 

Our Superstore has also been incredibly busy of late and our Easter Eggstravagansa was a huge success with the tombola and 50p clothing sale proving a massive hit with shoppers.

As I celebrate my first anniversary as CEO of this amazing charity it gives me immense pleasure to remember all of these recent events and think about all of the exciting developments that the next 12 months may bring for Daisy Chain and the families we support. It is an honour to lead a fantastic team of staff and volunteers at such an amazing organisation.

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