THE Fylde community has begun to pledge its support for autistic charity Blackpool Tiggers.
Top jeweller Beaverbrooks has been the first company to give its backing to The Gazette’s Bouncing High for Autism campaign.
Blackpool Tiggers is an activity group which allows autistic children to get the most from their lives through sports, trips out, music and art.
But the charity, which is run by parents and volunteers, has hit a hurdle and urgently needs to raise £40,000 for a massive refurbishment of its St Annes Road headquarters.
Flaking paint, narrow doorways and old wiring means the centre faces an uncertain future as government cuts slash charity grants.
Now as Beaverbrooks handed over a cheque for the first £500, The St Annes Co-Ordination of Charities, for which Beaverbrooks chairman Andrew Brown is president, matched the sum.
This means Tiggers has seen £1,000 go into the refurbishment fund in the first 48 hours.
Sheila Cullinane, project co-ordinator for Tiggers, said: “We are thrilled the local community is supporting us with our campaign.
“Tiggers is a lifeline and as cuts are made to facilities for disabled children it becomes ever more important we get support to keep the centre open.
“We are very grateful to Beaverbrooks and the St Annes Co-Ordination of Charities.”
There are more than 500,000 people with autism in the UK, and approximately one in every 100 people is affected.
Susie Nicholas, charity manager from Beaverbrooks, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Blackpool Tiggers who do such important work in the town.
“I visited the centre and it was very busy with families, it really highlighted the good work they do.
“We really hope our donation will set the ball rolling and other groups will come forward to support Tiggers.”
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