Daisy Chain received an incredible £350,000 in 2017 which allowed us to continuously support over 2,000 families affected by autism – almost 300 children per week from toddlers through to adults. We also now offer a whole host of services including educational placements, adult social clubs, supported work placements and an employability course. 

The gala was a celebration of the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The lottery also took the opportunity to announce an increase to 32% of each ticket sale going directly to good causes. The news of the funding total and increase was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 23 January, at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. 

The event was attended by Actor Emma Thompson, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Heather Small.

Stuart Dexter, Daisy Chain chief executive, said: ‘I was delighted to attend the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala. It is amazing to see the huge benefits to charity that comes from players and the funding we receive at Daisy Chain is vital in supporting our families affected by autism. The funding we receive allows us to plan how we can grow and develop our services to meet increasing and changing needs.’