Cash cut won’t stop Tigger’s Easter fun

Five year old Faye Donnelly
Five year old Faye Donnelly
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AUTISTIC children can enjoy a fun-packed Easter with an egg-cellent programme of activities at Blackpool Tiggers.

The South Shore group is the subject of The Gazette’s latest community campaign Bouncing High for Autism.

As Government funds for charities dries up, hope is fading of Tiggers getting the £40,000 it desperately needs to refurbish its headquarters.

But despite the lack of funds, the parents who run the group are determined to provide exciting activities over Easter to help autistic children socialise with other youngsters.

This week, they began a two-week programme which will see a skateboarding camp, games and pizza sessions, cinema trips and even a water ski session.

And any family with a child diagnosed or undergoing a diagnosis of Autism or Aspergers Syndrome is welcome according to Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator for Tiggers.

She said: “Blackpool Tiggers parents and volunteers have worked hard to provide a stimulating and exciting holiday programme for children on the autistic spectrum.

“We would urge any parent to come in and see us rather than trying to cope on their own as having an autistic child can be very isolating for anyone trying to.

“Having these sessions is more important than ever as so many activities for disabled youngsters are under threat.

“If we reached our target for Bouncing High For Autism, having the improved facilities would mean we can welcome even more families.”

Membership for Blackpool Tiggers costs just £5 a year and allows children to attend all events.

Children from all over Lancashire are also welcome but booking is essential for all activities.

Anyone interested should contact the organisers on (01253) 365734.