Football legend hands over keys to new minibus

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust are proud to present their ninth minibus to The Jigsaw Trust.

Pupils at a local school for children with autism will be benefitting from a new minibus thanks to the charitable support of a sporting legend.


Jigsaw School educates children aged 4–19 years at its main site on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh and at its Life Skills Centre in Guildford. 55 pupils currently attend the school, each receiving one-to-one teaching and an individualised curriculum based around their specific abilities and needs.

Former Chelsea Captain and England player, Dennis Wise, visited the school in his capacity as Patron and Trustee of the Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust, to hand over the keys of a 17-seat minibus, worth £28,000. Together with fellow Trustee, Steve Frankham, the footballing legend spent time meeting pupils and staff and signing memorabilia before taking a tour of the school.

Dennis said, “Our aim is to raise enough money to provide 100 minibuses to schools and charities for children and adults with disabilities. I really enjoyed meeting the pupils at Jigsaw School and am very pleased to be able to help them get out and enjoy new places and experiences.”

As well as following the National Curriculum, Jigsaw focuses on developing pupils’ life skills. Pupils are taken into the community where they can develop their skills in different settings. The school’s teaching ratio is one to one, meaning that for each pupil taken off-site, one member of staff is required. For most classes, the teaching day is in two halves, with pupils based in the classroom focusing on academic work during the morning and, as much as possible, undertaking off-site activities in the afternoon. Such out-of-school trips include: visits to Jigsaw’s Life Skills Centre in Guildford, horse riding, libraries, village halls, shops, cafes, woodlands, places of worship, farms and other schools. Pupils also enjoy one-off visits as part of their curriculum or for end of term fun activities, such as the seaside.

Jigsaw Trust CEO Kate Grant said, “We are absolutely delighted with this new minibus and I would like to thank the Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust. Their generous support means that our pupils will be able to enjoy off-site activities on a more regular basis.”

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