Cash starts to flow in for Tiggers

Volunteer Jen Emmess, volunteer Deborah Morgan, Project co-ordinator Sheila Cullinane, Chair Suzanne Pinder, arts & crafts tutor Mel Evans and volunteer Teresa Gresswell.
Volunteer Jen Emmess, volunteer Deborah Morgan, Project co-ordinator Sheila Cullinane, Chair Suzanne Pinder, arts & crafts tutor Mel Evans and volunteer Teresa Gresswell.
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CASH is starting to flow into Blackpool Tiggers’ coffers as the community rallies around to help.

The South Shore charity run activities for autistic children to help get them out of the house and make the most of their lives.

But the charity has hit a hurdle as Government cuts continue to squeeze grants for community groups.

The centre on St Annes Road is in desperate need of a £40,000 refurbishment.

The Gazette has taken on Blackpool Tiggers’ plight and the group is now the subject of our latest campaign, Bouncing High For Autism.

We are appealing to local people to dig deep to help the centre, which deals with dozens of Fylde coast families living with the daily heartache of autism.

And it seems the message is beginning to get through as cheques have already begun to land on Tiggers’ doorstep.

Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator for Tiggers said: “We have received 12 cheques already and are absolutely thrilled.

“Money has been such a constant worry for us here wondering how we will ever pay for all the work which needs doing. It has almost reduced us to tears to see local people are supporting us.”

Tiggers headquarters needs totally rewiring and re-plastering, the doors need widening to allow disabled access and it also desperately needs to replace battered old furniture.

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.