Daisy Chain began life in 2003 as the dream of its founder, Lesley Hanson, whose son Jacob was diagnosed as autistic at an early age.

Lesley realised there was a lack of support available and dreamed of a place for autistic children and adults; a place where they could receive personalised support and feel safe to be their authentic selves. The centre would include respite facilities, playroom, sensory areas, animal barn, agricultural and horticultural opportunities and nature trails. It would also provide parents, carers and siblings with support and a resource library.

Lesley and husband Duane set off on a quest to make her dream become a reality. After extensive fundraising, the doors to Daisy Chain opened one year after her initial dream and it has continued to grow ever since. Now, many years later, the charity provides a range of support services to neurodiverse children and adults, either with a diagnosis or who are undergoing the diagnostic process, their parents/carers and their siblings.

We are continuing to develop our facilities & services all the time. Lesley died in 2004, but to ensure her dream still lives on, we need your help.

Read the Our Story brochure here.

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