Autism charity opens superstore in Teesside

Daisy Chain, which supports children and young people with autism in north-east England, launched the store in a former warehouse unit in Stockton

Daisy Chain superstore
Daisy Chain superstore

A charity that supports children and young people with autism in north-east England has opened a charity superstore in Stockton, Teesside.

Daisy Chain, a charity that provides a range of activities and support services for families affected by autism, has opened the store in a former warehouse unit.

The split-level store, which opened on 26 May, sells good-quality second-hand furniture, as well as books and clothes. The store also has its own coffee shop.

The idea for the store came from Albert Dicken, chair of trustees at Daisy Chain, one-time managing director of Dickens Home Improvement.

Judith Haysmore, chief executive of Daisy Chain, told Third Sector: "He wanted us to venture into the retail sector but to do it slightly differently to everyone else. We felt that by having a large range of items we could best appeal to as many people as possible. That’s why we introduced the idea of a coffee shop and free wi-fi so customers would want to stay longer and enjoy the surroundings."

Plans for a second Daisy Chain superstore are in the pipeline.

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