With help from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Daisy Chain helps over 1,800 families affected by autism in the Tees Valley area.
Daisy Chain was established in 2003 and provides a range of services, including support and activity groups for the whole family, from a 5.5 acre farm in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees.
Autism not only affects the child with the condition but also parents, carers, and siblings, so the charity provides a range of services to meet the needs of each family member - and also fun activities to bring them closer together as a unit.
Players have raised an amazing £1.2 Million for Daisy Chain's work so far, and in 2016 this meant that the charity was able to help 250 additional families affected by autism. Daisy Chain provides a parents support group, a siblings support group, and a wide range of organised activities crucial to children who need familiarity and routine.
Lucy is one of the many young people who has been supported by Daisy Chain thanks to funding from players.
Lucy is 12 years old and she has autism as well as Downs Syndrome. She uses the services at Daisy Chain regularly and comes for lessons and play.
At Daisy Chain, Lucy experiences a tailor-made education programme, including instruction in independent-living skills such as ironing, shopping, and cooking.
Lucy's mum attends the parent support group. "It is nice to meet and hear from other parents. Lucy has grown in confidence since coming to Daisy Chain and it has given me the free time I need as well as the help, care, and support that Lucy needs to ensure she keeps growing and developing."
Stories like these, of young people with autism learning new skills and developing independence and confidence, simply wouldn't be possible without funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.