A NORTH Shore school girl hs gone the extra mile to help Blackpool Tiggers as part of World Autism day.
Year 10 student Courtney Thompson from Unity College teamed up with four classmates to make colourful armbands to sell to raise awareness of the condition at her school.
The girls also made an autism word search to sell and raised £30 for The Gazette campaign Bouncing High For Autism.
Courtney has first hand experience of the work Tiggers do as her 13 year old brother Macauley was diagnosed as profoundly autistic 11 years ago.
Courtney, 15 who lives off Whitegate Drive said: “I used to go to Tiggers to support my brother and I know how hard it is for the families to care for someone with autism.
“Without Tiggers, opportunities for children with autism to socialise with each other would be difficult.
“He always used to enjoy Tiggers when he was smaller, it was good for me and my mum too because it gave us some time together.
“We are happy we’ve been able raise awareness of Autism and to raise money for Tiggers.”
Blackpool Tiggers is an activity group for autistic children on the Fylde Coast, but they desperately need to raise £40,000 to give their headquarters a major refurbishment.
The centre allows autistic children to get out of their bedrooms and out into the fresh air to activities other children may take for granted.
Barbara Lund headteacher of Unity College on Warbreck Hill Road praised the efforts of pupils. She said: “We are delighted to support Courtney and her team today.
“In school, we have had an awareness raising day for all students about autism and raised funds for Tiggers at the same time, through the selling of armbands and word searches.
“The colours of the armbands represent the diversity of and families living with Autism and the brightness symbolises hope.”
Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator for Blackpool Tiggers said: “We are really thankful to Courtney and Unity College for their efforts for our campaign.
“Anybody who has come into contact with an autistic child understands why keeping Tiggers going is so important, we are very grateful for the support we’ve received.”
TO donate money straight to the Tiggers’ bank account:
Account name: Blackpool Tiggers
Bank Name:Lloyds TSB
Send cheques made payable to Blackpool Tiggers, to 29 St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP.
For information, go to www.blackpooltiggers.co.uk or contact lisa.ettridge@blackpool gazette.co.uk, or ring (01253) 361730.