Bear money boost

Tiggers Project Co-ordinator Sheila Cullinane (left) and Billie with the bear and the book it features in.

Tiggers Project Co-ordinator Sheila Cullinane (left) and Billie with the bear and the book it features in.

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A GRIEVING Blackpool mother has pledged to donate the raffle proceeds of a limited edition bear to Blackpool Tiggers.

Marton mum Billie Dudley will sell a proto-type bear which was sent from America as a present for her 15-year-old daughter Katrina.

Katrina was diagnosed with Hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome at just 15 months old, this is a rare disease which significantly weakens the immune system.

Tragically, the brave teenager died the day before the bear arrived.

Now two years later, Mrs Dudley is finally ready to part with it.

She said: “It was heartbreaking to look at the bear after Katrina’s death but I want it to go to good use.

“My partner Carl Warren has volunteered with Tiggers for years and they have been a massive source of support.

“Having a disabled child can be really tough to cope with and having somewhere to go where people understand what you are going through is a massive relief.

“I’m sure Katrina would be happy to see the bear being used for Tiggers.”

The bear comes with a talking storybook and was just a sample developed by an American company.

Contact Tiggers for details of where it will be raffled. The proceeds will be split between Blackpool Tiggers and Bluebell Wood Hospice in Sheffield where Katrina died.

Bouncing High For Autism is The Gazette’s latest campaign and aims to help Tiggers raise £40,000 to completely refurbish their South shore headquarters.

TO donate money straight to the Tiggers’ bank account:

Account name: Blackpool Tiggers

A/c No:00046320

Sort Code:30-90-90

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.