CHILDREN in Blackpool were jumping for joy after hitting the £10,000 milestone in their charity campaign.
Autism activity charity Blackpool Tiggers has been furiously fund-raising in recent months in a bid to raise £40,000 for the Gazette-backed Bouncing High For Autism appeal.
And now thanks to a bumper donation from Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, Tiggers is a quarter of the way towards its target.
The Blackpool-based private hospital kindly donated a whopping £2,100 from its annual charity ball, meaning Tigger’s refurbishment dreams have moved a step closer.
Suzanne Pinder, a project worker at Tiggers, said: “We are over the moon to have reached this landmark and are extremely grateful to Spire.
“We never thought we’d be able to raise anything like these sums so we’re thrilled our charity total is growing.
“I have autistic sons and can’t express enough how much support I’ve had from Tiggers.
“Being with other parents who understand what you are going through is an amazing help.
“It is also a huge relief to see autistic children taking part in activities other kids take for granted and being able to get out and enjoy their lives.”
Blackpool Tiggers offers weekly events and activities to make sure families living with autism do not become isolated.
Since the campaign started earlier this year, Tiggers held a sponsored Bounceathon which saw hundreds of children taking part in a mass trampoline bounce.
This helped raise more than £1,200 for the charity to completely refurbish their headquarters.
The group is now hoping to organise a charity walk through the resort’s Illuminations.
Chris Chadwick, from Spire Fylde Coast hospital, said: “We were thrilled to be able to share out £10,500 between worthy local causes.
“We wish Tiggers luck with their campaign.”