BLACKPOOL Tiggers are jumping for joy after their sponsored bounce was hailed a roaring success.
Around 200 youngsters, parents, scout and guide leaders, and even a group of councillors, took part in the sponsored Bounce-a-thon at Blackpool Sports Centre yesterday.
The teams showed off bundles of energy with plenty of star jumps, somersaults and back flips during the event in aid of Blackpool Tiggers – an activity group for local autistic children and their families.
Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator, said: “We’re really pleased. We can’t believe the generosity of the people in Blackpool.
“So many volunteers have turned out for the event and businesses have donated gifts and prizes for the stalls.
“People don’t really understand autism, but they are starting to realise we are here and what we do.”
There were squeals of delight as the trampolines were kept bouncing for an impressive four hours.
Caitlin McKibbin, 10, from 13th and 16th Blackpool Scout Group, said: “We’re bouncing for Blackpool Tiggers. My brother James used to go and he really liked it.”
And Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “It’s a great cause to support. We’ve got a team of Labour councillors who are bouncing. It’s brilliant to see the community spirit here today.”
The Bouncing High For Autism appeal is the Gazette’s latest campaign, and aims to raise £40,000 to totally refurbish Tiggers’ South Shore headquarters.
The money will be used to widen doorways for disabled access, add a sensory room and re-plaster and re-wire the building.