VOLUNTEERS are desperately needed to help keep Blackpool’s young Tiggers bouncing high.
his week The Gazette launched its latest campaign to help the South Shore based autism charity raise £40,000 to renovate its ramshackle premises.
Blackpool Tiggers is run by parents and volunteers and aims to provide fun activities for autistic children who cannot access mainstream groups.
But without the support of the charity’s volunteers, Tiggers would have stopped being able to bounce many years ago.
From music and craft lessons to gentle sports, martial arts and even helping on days out, volunteers with any skills are asked to come forward to help local autistic families.
But free help is hard to come by as volunteer Jen Emmess, 25, from Tiggers explains. She said: “It can be complicated to get volunteers, we struggle to get enough people to run sessions for the kids sometimes.
“We have a fantastic, loyal team, but we really need more bodies so we can do more with the children, there is so much more we’d like to do.
“It is so rewarding, I’ve never had a feeling like it, knowing you are helping these children in a way which will impact on their lives is amazing.”
Bruce Ainge from South shore has a profoundly autistic son, Asa, 14. He also sang the praises of the Tiggers volunteers. He said: “Asa has really come on in leaps and bounds since we started using Tiggers and a lot of this is due to the volunteers.
“He used to be shy about using the trampoline but because of Matt, one of the young male volunteers, he was soon bouncing away with a massive smile on his face which was wonderful to see.
“It is hard to relax when you have an autistic child but when he is at Tiggers we know he’s in safe hands.” If you can help, contact Tiggers on (01253) 365734.
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.