This year, Daisy Chain celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and we want to celebrate this fantastic milestone!

Daisy Chain was established as a charity in 2003 as the dream of its founder, Lesley Hanson, whose son Jacob was diagnosed with autism at an early age.

Although Jacob's condition was not severe, Lesley soon became aware of the problems faced by the parents and carers of children who were higher on the autistic spectrum.

Lesley dreamt of a haven for children with autism; a place where they could go to experience something in life that would give them pleasure and was especially for them. It would also provide parents, carers and siblings with support and a resource library.

Disgruntled with the lack of facilities and services available to support families, Lesley and her 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:

  • Helps almost 2,000 families in the Tees Valley
  • Sees 300 children each week
  • Supports 37 adults each week

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

To read more about our 15th year celebrations and how Daisy Chain has made a difference over the years, visit our 15 years of Daisy Chain pages.