All the pieces come together for Jigsaw charity

June 23 2017
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MORE than 100 families will benefit from a new home for the Thornbury charity Jigsaw.

MORE than 100 families will benefit from a new home for the Thornbury charity Jigsaw.

The organisation was set up four years ago by paediatric nurse Tor Goodman to offer support and advice for parents with children needing additional care.

The youngsters may have complex disabilities, health problems or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

As demand grew for its services, the charity was pleased to be given permission by Thornbury Town Council to use the Old Bakery Annexe - part of the Armstrong Hall complex - as its family base on a temporary basis.

But it needed to be refurbished, a project which came to fruition thanks to months of hard work by volunteers, tradespeople giving their time and skills to the project and developer Bloor Homes.

Local businesses gave equipment and furniture, while individuals also made donations.

The base was formally opened in June, with Thornbury mayor Helen Harrison joining families, volunteers and supporters at the premises, which boasts an office, play area and relaxation spaces.

Bloor Homes also presented Jigsaw with a further donation of £1,415 from its regional office staff. The money will be used for specialist equipment.

 Tor said: “It is fantastic to see this project come together. We are thrilled with the end result.

 “It feels like it has been a real community project, from the town council granting us the use of the space, Bloor Homes co-ordinating and working so hard on the project and the donation of time and resources from other organisations, volunteers and families. It has been magnificent.”

Meanwhile, a summer ball is about to be run by Jigsaw at Thornbury Golf Centre on June 30 to raise funds for its work.