Spring into action at Tiggers bounce

AIMING HIGH: Getting ready for the Tiggers bounce
AIMING HIGH: Getting ready for the Tiggers bounce
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CIRCUS lovers and school children will be bounding into Blackpool Sports Centre as part of Tiggers’ Sponsored bounce.

More than 240 people are needed to keep trampolines bouncing at the East Park Drive centre on Sunday June 5.

So far around seven teams of 10 have committed to the cause, but many more are needed to make the day a success.

Collegiate High School and Baines High School have signed up teams to the event and Blackpool Circus School are also preparing to bounce.

Gazette staff are also joining in the fun and putting in a team.

But with just weeks to go, groups are urged to spring into action and sign up for the day.

Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator for Tiggers, said: “We are thrilled some teams have signed up but we really want more people to get involved on the day.

“The response from people offering to bake cakes, look after stalls and donate prizes has been fantastic, but it is bouncers we need.

“If there are dance groups, theatre groups, scouts, brownies or event businesses who want to sign up, that would be great.

“We also want adult teams to get more people bouncing, it’s the more the merrier.”

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.

In March, The Gazette launched The Bouncing High For Autism appeal which aims to raise £40,000 to totally refurbish Tiggers’ South Shore headquarters

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

The Bounce-a-thon 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.

Children are asked to get sponsorship for the bounce which will see them bounce for five minutes as part of an allocated hour time slot.

Teams of 10 are invited from local schools and organisations. Individual bouncers can also sign up for the day.

If you can’t join the event, people can also hold sponsored bounce events and parties at home to raise sponsorship money for the Tiggers appeal.

Sponsorships forms are available from our Tiggers minisite, click on the link to the right of this article.

To register a team contact Kirsty Bancroft on 07920018072 or e-mail: kirsty_bancroft_bounceathon2011@yahoo.com.