Happy New Year from everyone at Daisy Chain. This year marks 15 years that Daisy Chain has been supporting families affected by autism in the Tees Valley. Over the last 15 years your support has provided much needed help and guidance for over 2000 local families.

Throughout this year we will be sharing stories from our families, volunteers and staff about their highlights from the last 15 years and how Daisy Chain has helped them. Keep checking our website for ways to get involved with us this year!

It was lovely to welcome Jacob Hanson to the Farm this month to update him on how Daisy Chain has grown and how his Mum’s dream is continuing to make a difference to so many families.

Unfortunately, just before Christmas our day centre in Norton was broken into. We were horrified that thieves would target a family charity like Daisy Chain and steal cash that all our fundraisers, families, volunteers and staff work so hard to raise.

Following the break in the support from the local community was incredible and we were so overwhelmed. Local people rallied around to offer support and donations and we were bowled over by how many people out there have taken Daisy Chain to their hearts so thank you so much.

Down at the Farm we have welcomed the birth of eight baby skinny pigs. They really are an acquired taste but the children love them!

It was great to also see some local winners of the People’s Postcode Lottery Sunday Street Prize in January. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support us tremendously and help us to continue to provide the services we do to local families affected by autism.

 Stuart Dexter – Daisy Chain Chief Executive - 23rd January 2018