Jigsaw pupils will enjoy two pantomime experiences this year thanks to a second fundraising evening organised by a DJ and supporter in Saltdean, near Brighton. Marty Drew (aka Sista-Matic) raised well over £1,400 with an event featuring a dozen DJs playing a variety of music.
Our great friends at Ripley Court School have paid a surprise visit to present a cheque for an amazing £1,898 – the result of their recent annual charity walk. And an equal amount was raised for Cherry Trees, which provides respite care for young people with disabilities.
Jigsaw has achieved Silver Gilt award in the Guildford In Bloom competition as reward for the imaginative creative work by pupils from across the school. The Silver Gilt certificate was presented to Rob Steer, our Horticulture Consultant on our GardenWorks project, by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning.
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.
Staff from Allianz Insurance gave up a day in the office to visit Jigsaw during the half-term break to give our raised flowerbeds a much-needed makeover. The six volunteers from the Human Resources Division at the company’s UK headquarters in Guildford even donated £200 for the materials.
Jigsaw pupils have visited their friends at Ripley Court School to join in ‘The Big Movie March’ – Ripley Court’s annual themed charity walk. Pupils were sponsored to walk, run, skip or dance their way around the school field in aid of Jigsaw and local charity Cherry Trees, which provides respite care for young people
A host of great prizes including a weekend at the Berlin Hilton and a Fortnum & Mason hamper are up for grabs in Jigsaw’s Summer Grand Draw – and tickets are just £1 each.
Pupils from Broadwater School in Godalming and Duke of Kent School in Ewhurst paid recent visits to Jigsaw for lively brainstorming sessions on fundraising. Broadwater School had already just presented a cheque for a brilliant £433 from a World Autism Awareness Day event, and both schools took away other ideas they will be considering.
Deadlines are fast approaching for some super events ranging from swimming the Serpentine to walking or running the Surrey Hills and skydiving from an aircraft for people seeking a new challenge and prepared to raise funds for Jigsaw.
A free day at the spectacular Wings and Wheels air and motor show is on offer from Jigsaw in exchange for volunteering for a few hours on the Jigsaw stand at the event. This is just one of several volunteering opportunities as we extend our engagement with the local community.