Jigsaw Lights Up Guildford Cathedral

Monday, 04 April 2011

As the sun set last Friday and Saturday (1st & 2nd April), up on the hill overlooking Guildford, the Cathedral's floodlights cast an electric blue light on the landmark building in aid of World Autism Awareness Day's "Light it up Blue Campaign".

For those two nights, Guildford Cathedral sat proudly alongside other globally iconic monuments such as The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and Sydney Opera House shining its support for Jigsaw Trust and World Autism Awareness Day.

Other UK buildings to be lit blue were the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and staunch Jigsaw Trust supporters, The Hilton Hotel, Cobham who floodlit their building to shine blue  across the A3.

Chris Scott and his team from PRG.com Lighting scaled ladders and braved high winds to change every floodlight bulb from the usual white light to the campaign's chosen blue.  We also would like to thank The Dean and Chapter of Guildford Cathedral for allowing the lighting change to take place in their 50th anniversary year and special thanks must go to our photographer, Simon Mitchell of The Cranleigh Camera Shop who came out on Friday night to take some spectacular shots of the Cathedral in all its glory. 

As Kate Grant, Executive Head of Jigsaw CABAS® School, says "The aim of lighting up the Cathedral has been to raise awareness of this lifelong, perplexing disorder and if a few people have started a new week knowing something more about autism spectrum disorders then we've done what we set out to do.  A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this a spectacular weekend for not just Jigsaw but for World Autism Awareness Day."

The 2nd April, has been declared by the United Nations to be World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity and this was the 4th year. 
Jigsaw specializes in educating children with autism spectrum disorders.  An often misunderstood disorder, boys are four times more likely than girls to suffer from an autism spectrum disorder.  Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world today*. 
Using the 2001 UK Population Census of 58,789,194 (of whom 13,354,297 were under 18 years of age), and the researched prevalence rate of 1 in 100**, it can be estimated that there are approximately 133,500 children under 18 with an autism spectrum disorder in the UK.  

For more information, please contact:  Kate le Feber, PR, Jigsaw Trust: 01483 279675/07976 389175 or E: katelefeber@jigsawschool.co.uk