Daisy Chain was established in 2003 and provides a range of services, including support and activity groups for families affected by autism. Most activities are based around the organisation's 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, as well as fun activities to bring them closer together as a unit.
Players have raised an amazing £856,878 for Daisy Chain's work so far, and thanks to this funding, in 2015 the charity was able to help 600 additional families affected by autism. Daisy Chain provides a parents support group, a siblings support group, a listening service and a wide range of organised activities crucial to children who need familiarity and routine.
Connor is one of the many young people who has been supported by Daisy Chain. Connor took part in an Employability Skills Course in order to learn work-based skills that helped give confidence and experience to find work.
Connor really enjoyed the course, and it has enabled him to gain employment. Connor now works full-time as an Administration Apprentice. Connor says, "Being on the course was one of the main reasons they took me on, as it showed that I have initiative and can commit to something."
Connor has also grown in confidence. He was one of the stars of this year's Autism's Got Talent, where he impressed a 200-strong audience with his rendition of the Oasis song "Half the World Away".