Horley footballer raises funds for autism school charity

Runners at the start line of the Jigsaw Run at the Dunsfold Park track all in aid of the Jigsaw Trust - picture submitted by the Jigsaw Trust
Runners at the start line of the Jigsaw Run at the Dunsfold Park track all in aid of the Jigsaw Trust - picture submitted by the Jigsaw Trust

Horley Harriers player Ben Short has come first amongst 250 competitors in a charity run.

Along with 250 other runners Ben braved high­speed winds for the fourth 10km Jigsaw Run in Dunsfold Park last month. He was first over the finish line at a time of 36 minutes, 15 seconds.

The run raised £5,000 for the Jigsaw Trust, a charity that helps improve the lives of children and familiesaffected by autism.

Ben said: “It was brilliant to be surrounded by so many enthusiastic Horley runners for a brilliant cause.”

The runners had to complete two laps of the park’s perimeter road, where popular television programme Top Gear test drives cars.

Ben, who also coaches adults with autism, said: “The Jigsaw Trust is a brilliant charity that focus on improving provisions for both children and adults with autism. He added: “I’ve previously worked in schools with autistic children and I’ve seen how these educational, vocational and well­being services can be such a benefit to them.”

The money will be used to buy sports, therapy and IT equipment for the trust’s school on Dunsfold Park.