Penny farthing rider opens new Sensory Room

Jigsaw pupils now have a brilliant new Sensory Room after supporter Neil Melville-Rae raised £10,000 by cycling from London to Paris – on a penny farthing. Another £4,500 was raised by current and former teachers Hayley Wadham and Liz Ruff when they took part in the Brighton Marathon.

The new Melville-Rae Sensory Room is equipped with a fibre-optic tunnel, projectors, a music system, a bubble wall, tactile wall displays and twinkling LEDs, providing an oasis of calm with soft sounds and lights to gently stimulate children’s senses.

Neil took on the challenge of cycling from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe on his penny farthing – and kayaking across the Channel – after visiting Jigsaw last year. He completed the 276-mile journey in 26 hours and 41 minutes.

Neil returned to the school this week to see the finished room, and said, “It’s been great to come back to Jigsaw and see the smiles on the children’s faces as they enjoy their new Sensory Room. I am really pleased that the money I raised has been put to such good use.”

Jigsaw’s Director of Education, Emma Hawkins, is delighted with the new facility. She said, “Our Sensory Room has always been a firm favourite for our pupils but because it gets so well used it was in real need of refurbishment and an upgrade. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Neil, Hayley and Liz our pupils will be able to enjoy time in this fabulous new facility for many years to come.”