Pupils and clients at Jigsaw Trust, a local charity for children and adults with autism, will soon be benefitting from the support of Kelly’s Storage.
Staff from the charity recently paid a visit to the company’s offices to present a ‘thank you’ card made by pupils of the school.
Jigsaw, based on Dunsfold Park near Cranleigh, was set up in 1999 by a group of parents of children with autism and operates the Jigsaw School and Jigsaw+ Adult Services.
The charity visited the offices of Kelly’s Storage in Guildford to say a personal thank you for choosing Jigsaw as one of three worthy charities to benefit from the Kelly’s 10K Riverside Run.
The sporting event, held in March, was organized and paid for entirely by the storage company’s charitable arm, Kelly’s Storage Charity Events.
The company takes a unique approach to supporting local charities as Moira Martin, director of Kelly’s Storage, explained: “We arrange these sporting events specifically to provide huge fundraising opportunities for local charities with whom we aim to build long-lasting relationships.
“We pay all costs so that 100 per cent of the money raised from our events goes directly to charity. To date, charities have received more than £250,000 and we are delighted that Jigsaw was able to benefit from this particular event.”
The Riverside Run proved to be ideal for seasoned runners who enjoyed the mixed terrain on the flat, off-road route, whilst those new to the distance found it to be a manageable first 10k.
£1,826 was raised for Jigsaw through runners’ sponsorship, with Nick Thornton raising the most. He was rewarded with a certificate, bottle of Champagne and a place in Jigsaw’s own fundraising event, the Jigsaw Run (www.jigsawrun.co.uk) which is being held on Dunsfold Park in November.
In addition to supporting Jigsaw through the Riverside Run, staff from Kelly’s Storage also dressed up blue for a day in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day which raised a further £62.60.
As Jigsaw’s community & events fundraiser, Yvette Copping, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Kelly’s Storage and the runners who raised money for us and also to the staff at Kelly’s for helping us raise awareness of autism!”
For more information about Jigsaw visit www.jigsawschool.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @jigsawtrust.