Fund helps people with autism to get into jobs

Daisy Chain student Jake Wilkinson who is pictured  getting work-based experience.
Daisy Chain student Jake Wilkinson who is pictured getting work-based experience.

A charity which supports 1,700 Tees Valley families has been given a fund boost to help it support more young adults with autism.

Daisy Chain has received £5,000 to fund an employability project. Bosses say it will go a long way to supporting local people.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Daisy Chain currently supports over 1,700 families across the Tees Valley.

The grant means the charity can help more young adults with autism to get into work and to provide them with work-based experience so that they can further their knowledge base and life skills.

Judith Haysmore, chief executive at Daisy Chain, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from the Santander Foundation. It will go a long way in giving young people with autism the chance to make the contribution to society that they all wish to make. This is a life changing experience for our young adults and will benefit the local community.”

David Buglass, branch director at Santander’s Stockton branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK.

“Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Daisy Chain, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”