Here are our chosen charities for 2017.  Both are admirable and beautiful causes.

Please take some time to check them out.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service

Registered charity number: 1092204

About the Great North Air Ambulance Service

gnaas_logo“The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. GNAAS crews respond to around 1,000 call outs each year and on board our aircraft are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene.Whether it’s in a city centre or a remote mountain, our medics respond to wherever they are needed in the shortest space of time. The helicopters are never more than a 15-minute flight from the nearest hospital.”

“We need to raise £4.5m a year to keep our three aircraft flying. It sounds like an impossible task but with the support of people like you we have been able to keep airborne since 2001.”

Donate to the Great North Air Ambulance Service

Daisy Chain Project

Registered charity number: 1109792

About the Daisy Chain Project

logo“Daisy Chain is a unique charity that addresses the needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families

The charity, which was established in 2003, provides a range of services to families affected by autism living in the TS & DL postcode areas from our 5.5 acre farm in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees. Autism has a huge impact on the whole family so Daisy Chain takes into account the needs of the child, parents, carers and siblings.

With more than half a million people in the UK with autism, it is much more common than most people think. Taking into consideration family members and professionals involved in the care and support of people with autism, more than 2.3 million are affected.

People with autism have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events that they struggle to make sense of. This can cause them considerable anxiety, in particular when trying to understand and relate to other people, and take part in everyday family and social life.

This is where Daisy Chain comes in; we work to remove that anxiety by providing a safe, fun and friendly environment, where children can be themselves. Parents and carers can sometimes need an extra hand of support, respite or even just someone to talk to whilst siblings can enjoy time to themselves and to interact with other children that have brothers and sisters with autism.

We believe that Daisy Chain makes a demonstrable, significant and sustainable difference to the lives of the hundreds families across the Tees Valley we help.  We now provide services to 1,787 families from across the Tees Valley.”

Donate to the Daisy Chain Project