A Charity Bike Challenge has rounded off two years of magnificent support for Jigsaw from Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford, which has ranged from collection boxes to work experience and staff dressing in blue for World Autism Awareness Day.
Squire’s originally adopted Jigsaw as its Charity of the Year for 2015-2016 – and we were delighted when the relationship was extended for a second year.
During the two years Squire’s has raised more than £1,240 from collection shakers, the Charity Bike Challenge – when staff took turns on a static bike machine at the garden centre (borrowed from Jigsaw!) – and other initiatives.
Equally valuable, Squire’s has helped to spread the word about autism and Jigsaw. Staff dressed in blue for World Autism Awareness Day in April, and Squire’s gave us space to set up a display and table to hand out information to any interested customers and promote events.
Jigsaw pupils have benefited in various ways, from an exclusive preview of the Squire’s magical 4D Christmas Grotto to work experience for sixth-formers and frequent class outings offering valuable social experience.
Huge thanks go to Ricky Bowness, manager of Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford, and all his team for their tremendous support for Jigsaw and autism over the last two years. We have gained so much from a great working relationship!