Help needed for bounce day fun

Tiggers sponsored trampoline event. L-R is Benjamin Wood and Liam McFadyen.
Tiggers sponsored trampoline event. L-R is Benjamin Wood and Liam McFadyen.

CALLING all DJs, balloon modellers and face painters – Blackpool Tiggers needs you.

The South Shore charity is preparing to put on a sponsored bounce and charity fun day on Sunday June 5, but help is needed to make it a success.

Hundreds of children will be taking to the trampolines at Blackpool Sports Centre at Stanley Park as part of the four-hour bounce marathon.

But many more fun activities are needed to help bring in families and get cash rolling in to the Tiggers charity pot.

The charity is looking for DJs, people to bake cakes, come up with arts and crafts to sell and raise funds and others to provide entertainment for families.

But with the big day only weeks away, help is needed fast.

Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator for Tiggers, said: “We are so excited about our Big Bounce but desperately need the community to get on board to help us.

“We want families to come flooding into Blackpool Sports Centre, so we need lots of exciting things to help draw the crowds in.

“We want face painters and balloon modellers as well as someone to DJ on the day to give the children something to bounce to.

“Stalls are also planned, so if local groups would bake cakes or make crafts for us to sell, it would be an amazing help.

“This is a community charity so we really hope the people will get behind us to make a memorable day and raise some much needed funds.”

Bouncing High For Autism is the Gazette’s latest charity campaign and we have joined forces with Blackpool Tiggers in a bid to raise £40,000 to revamp their St Annes Road headquarters.

So far, £6,000 is in the pot, but staff hope getting the community together for a sponsored bounce will see the total sky rocket.

Blackpool Tiggers is an activity group for autistic children and scores of local families affected by the condition see it as a vital lifeline.

But the future is looking bleak for the charity as cash is desperately needed to give the centre a much-needed major refurbishment.

Government cuts have seen charity grants dry up, which means without community help, this vital resource could be lost.

The headquarters will need doors widening to give disabled children access as well as completely plastering and rewiring to make it fit for the future.

If you can help on the day between 9am and 3pm or would like to volunteer your services, contact Sheila Cullinane on 07966067937. Alternatively, email lisa.ettridge@blackpoolgazette.co.uk.

To join the bounce register by contacting Kirsty Bancroft on 07920 018072 and click on the link to the right of this article to a sponsorship form.