BLACKPOOL Tiggers has waved goodbye to a big source of funding this week as the Aiming High project officially came to an end.
Funding for the Government scheme has been withdrawn leaving Blackpool families with disabled children worried about the future.
The Aiming High for Disabled Children programme was paid for by Blackpool Council and NHS Blackpool and worked to support families by providing short breaks.
But now as the provison is withdrawn from the end of this month, the work of Blackpool Tiggers is more important than ever.
As Aiming High ended, staff held a farewell party for children and invited Darth Vader as a special guest.
Blackpool Tiggers is an activity group for autistic children but the South Shore centre hopes to welcome children with any disibility.
But as Government cuts slash charity grants the future looks bleak as Tigger’s desperately needs £40,000 to refurbish the base.
The Gazette has launched a campaign, Bouncing High For Autism and is asking the public to dig deep to ensure Tiggers get the help it needs to pay for a new sensory room and a makeover.
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.