We couldn't have asked for a better weekend to host our annual summer fete at the North East Autism Society adult vocational training centre, New Warlands Farm. 

Under glorious sunshine scores of families visited our County Durham site where the very best of what's on offer was on display. 

Throughout the day a raffle was held, produce made by service users and staff, and guest partners was on sale, and combined with generous donations a grand total of £2,121.90 was raised for the Society.

Speaking on Saturday at the farm, Director of Education, Chris Dempster, said: "We are delighted with how the day has gone. Despite a certain football match being played later today we've seen lots of people visit and we are thrilled with how much money has been raised. 

"Everyone here, be it staff or our service users, has gone to so much effort and it's really paid off."

Guests at the site were shown around the training centre, including classrooms where textile, floral and confectionary products were on sale. It was also possible to meet the team in the wood workshop and see some of the latest, creative items for sale. 

Included on Saturday were hedgehog houses and wooden bath trays. 

Orders were also taken for bespoke garden furniture. 

Visitors could also make use of the wider site by visiting the newly-opened short break lodges, relaxing on the new rustic play equipment or enjoying a stroll in our woodland. 

Refreshments and hot food were also being served in the atrium of the training centre. 

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