AN autism charity is hoping to snap up funds at one of the largest society events in the region this May.

The Lobster Charity Ball, at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, County Durham, will raise funds for the Daisy Chain, which supports North-East families affected by autism.

John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Estates, which owns the hotel, said: “Daisy Chain were our nominated charity at last year’s Lobster Charity Ball and with the help of our generous guests, we raised more than £18,000 to help support them in their work throughout Tees Valley.

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“We’re looking forward to welcoming them back and hopefully we can mirror or even improve on last year’s fundraising success.”

Daisy Chain was established in 2003 and, from its base in Stockton, provides support groups, courses, social clubs and activity days for autistic children and their families.

Judith Haysmore, Chief Executive of Daisy Chain, said: “Events like the Lobster Charity Ball are hugely important for us as for every six pounds that’s raised we are able to provide one hour of respite care for a child.

“We work with 850 individuals per week throughout the region, 130 of whom we provide much-needed respite care for.”

As well as supporting Daisy Chain, guests will be treated to a four-course lobster surf and turf meal and live entertainment, including a performance by the 1980s new wave sensations ABC, at the event on Friday, May 2.

Gold tickets are priced at £140 plus VAT.

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