From unicycles to trampolines!

Members of the Blackpool circus skills who will taking part in a sponsored bounce to raise money for the Tiggers
Members of the Blackpool circus skills who will taking part in a sponsored bounce to raise money for the Tiggers
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UNICYCLES will be left outside as members of Blackpool Circus School get bouncing to help autistic children.

The group has signed up to take part in Blackpool Tiggers’ sponsored bounce event on Sunday June 5 and are itching to get on the trampolines.

The bounce-a-thon, which will be held at Blackpool Sports centre, will see hundreds of local people coming together to support the Gazette’s Bouncing High For Autism appeal.

The campaign is aiming to raise £40,000 to help autistic group Blackpool Tiggers.

Students at the circus school learn a wide range of skills such as juggling and unicycle riding, but it will be bouncing all the way on the day.

School owner Yuri Gridneff said: “The students are really looking forward to the bounce, they get to try out a huge range of equipment with us but we don’t currently have a trampoline.

“We’re always keen to showcase our skills and we’re glad to be able to help a local charity in need.”

The event will be a full family fun day.

As well as the trampoline challenge, there will be face painting, stalls, traditional bounce games, body zorbing, music plus much more.

There will also be a number of goodies for children on the day and the chance to win top prizes, including a bike and hamper.

The day will run between 10am and 2pm and the trampolines in the West Park Drive venue will be kept bouncing throughout.

Tiggers project co-ordinator Sheila Cullinane said: “It means so much to have local groups sign up for our big bounce.

“Tiggers is a massive lifeline for families living with autism, for many it gives them a chance to take their child out for a fun day or afternoon without being worried.

“The way the community has pulled together has been amazing and we are so grateful for the contributions they have made.

Blackpool Tiggers is an activity group for local autistic children and their families. Without the fun days out, many autistic youngsters would have few opportunities to get outside and socialise.

The £40,000 will be used to widen doorways for disabled access, add a sensory room and replaster and re-wire the building.