The Daisy Chain Project 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. Lesley soon became aware of the problems faced by the parents and carers of children who were on the autistic spectrum, and with her husband Duane, set off on an extensive fundraising campaign. One year later, she was able to open the doors to the Daisy Chain facility, which has continued to grow ever since. It now helps more than 1,700 families in the Tees Valley, supporting 581 children each week and providing parents and carers 599 respite hours per week.
The Daisy Chain Project are a charity with whom United Carlton have formed strong bonds, with the relationship going back ten years of mutual support. In order to help raise awareness of the excellent work they do and the challenges they face, we have decided to use our relationship with the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, of whom we are a corporate sponsor, to stage a benefit evening at their British Basketball League Playoffs fixture with Bristol Flyers on Sunday April 30th 2017.
On the night, we’ll be promoting the work of the charity and looking to help them raise funds to help cover the cost of the invaluable care they provide. The Eagles have very kindly agreed to forgo all proceeds from the Supporter’s Raffle and the Chuck A Duck competitions on gamenight, so if you’re lucky enough to be attending the game, and would like the chance to win one of three Amazon Fire TV Sticks or a signed Eagles jersey or basketball, by buying an entry, you’re directly helping the Daisy Chain Project.
If you’re not attending the game, but would like to help support the charity, you can donate here, and any contributions will be greatly appreciated.