Daisy Chain’s annual open day is a rare opportunity for the public to visit the Norton farm site to enjoy a whole host of fun family activities.

The autism support charity at Calf Fallow Farm only opens its gates to the public twice a year and the first time this year is Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May at 12-4pm.

Thanks to sponsorship from Newcastle Building Society and ongoing support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, families from the local area can visit the farm, pet the animals and enjoy entertainment such as bouncy castles, cake stalls, Yoga and Pilates, and drum performances. Staff from Newcastle Building Society will also be volunteering on the day.

New for this year is a Dog Show where cute canines will have the chance to scoop the titles of waggiest tail and speediest sausage eater, among others. There’s an opportunity to bag a bargain too as the Daisy Chain Superstore will have a special market on the day offering toys, bikes, clothes, books, jewellery, bric-a-brac and much more.

Neeraj Sharma, Daisy Chain chief executive, said: ‘This is a very special day for the community. It is one of only two opportunities in the calendar year that we open our farm site to the public. We currently support over 2,300 families in the Tees Valley affected by autism and this is a great opportunity for the community to come and discover more about what we do as well as enjoying our facilities and special activities such as bouncy castles, stalls and games. We look forward to welcoming our visitors.’

Andrew Haigh, Newcastle Building Society’s chief executive, added: ‘We have a fantastic relationship with Daisy Chain, and I’m pleased that as the region’s largest building society we can support such a high impact charity as part of their May Day event.  It’s a great opportunity for local people to see at first hand the valuable contribution Daisy Chain plays in the lives of families affected by autism across the Tees Valley. Our colleagues will be there to provide information, host a treasure hunt for children to take part in and help make it a wonderful day.’


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