Youngsters on the autistic spectrum have been given a little more variety in life – thanks to a charity of the same name.
The Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of Variety, the children’s charity, has paid £2,688 for new equipment to renovate and upgrade the sensory room of Tiggers, a charity for children and young adults based at the Sycamore Trading Estate, Squires Gate.
It’s a joy to be about to support such deserving children as well as sustain a fantastic charity
The money paid for a specialist leaf chair and ultra violet bubble blowing machine, as well as an aromatherapy unit to add an extra sense to the sensory room.
Charity bosses have said the new additions offer Tiggers members even more choice, when they can often face limited choice in the outside world.
As well as offering a safe space for young people with complex needs to relax, sensory rooms can be used as a stimulating environment to improve their social skills, attention spans or their confidence.
Charity committee members Katie Upton, Cameron Scott and John and Danielle Barnett visited the charity’s base on Sycamore Trading Estate, Marton, to see the equipment in use.
Appeals chairman Katie Upton said: “It was great to see the equipment in place, in use and so enjoyed and valued by the young people and charity.
“This specialist gear can make a real difference to their skill sets and senses, or their wellbeing and confidence - something we feel strongly about supporting.
“It’s a joy to be about to support such deserving children as well as sustain a fantastic charity.”
Variety the children’s charity raises funds for sick, disabled or disadvantage children.
The Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde branch has also funded a Variety bus for Park Special School in Blackpool, bought equipment for young adults with learning disabilities in North Shore and put funds towards help for Fleetwood appeal, Chloe’s Wish To Walk.
The charity has also organised days out to Blackpool’s best attractions for disadvantaged youngsters in the resort.
Charity secretary Donna Hollamby, whose 26-year-old son Scott has been a member of Tiggers since 2006, said: “It’s great having the new equipment in.
“The leaf chair is a big hit with the parents as well as our young people.
“Our sensory room is a nice, calm space for families to be together.
“And when it’s all go on the trampolines this can be a nice place for them to calm down, as well as after a stressful day out in the big wide world.
“This is their space, and they can do what they want.
“Having the extra sense makes a big difference.
“It’s nice to have something different with the aromatherapy too. Certain smells are very therapeutic.
“Our young people don’t always get a lot of choice in life so they’ve got lots of choice in here.”