TIGGERS is much more than just fun activities for autistic children as this Bispham mum found out.
Mum-of-three Katrina Flynn says the centre has become a lifeline as she desperately tries to get a diagnosis for her 11-year-old son Aaron.
Aaron’s difficulty mixing with other children was picked up in reception, but getting help has not been an easy road.
One doctor described his symptoms as being of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but then said she “did not believe in it”.
Other health professionals say his behaviour is symptomatic of Aspergers Syndrome, but until a diagnosis is officially made, the door to funding for support is closed.
Katrina, 33, of Buxton Avenue, Bispham, said: “It’s so frustrating because without a diagnosis we have no chance of getting funding, it can make you feel so helpless.
“Tiggers has been an incredible source of support. Without it you can feel so on your own and like nobody understands.
“The parents here know exactly how you feel, they can give you suggestions for coping with behaviour or give you solutions you might not have thought of.
“I would love to see the centre refurbished so the families can have the space they deserve.”
Bouncing High For Autism is The Gazette’s latest campaign and we are asking the public to dig deep to help raise £40,000.
The cash is needed to give the centre a much needed major refurbishment as Government cuts have seen charity grants dry up.
Its south shore headquarters needs doors widening to give disabled children access as well as completely plastering and rewiring to make it fit for the future.
So far £2000 has been raised but there is still a long way to go.
If you would like to organise a charity event for Tiggers contact (01253) 361730 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.