BOURNEMOUTH Talking Newspaper is the latest good cause to benefit from the joint Transdev Yellow Buses/Echo Carbon Stoppers initiative.
Chairman Ralph Cooper accepted a cheque for £250 from Echo Editor Neal Butterworth and Jenni Wilkinson, Transdev Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing.
The presentation took place at the charity’s recording studio at Winton Library.
Mr Cooper described the donation as a “wonderful gift” and said the money will pay for a portable recording device. “We’re absolutely thrilled to bits,” he added.
Bournemouth Talking Newspaper has more than 300 people on its database and is a free service.
It typically sends out up to 260 tapes or CDs to blind and partially sighted people every fortnight. The tapes are compiled from material in local newspapers including the Daily Echo.
Carbon Stoppers is a way of rewarding bus travellers by putting something back into the community.
Each week TYB has a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a Community Chest.
The bus company has pledged a minimum donation of £50 per week with the money available to schools, community groups and good causes. Echo readers are invited to nominate a worthy cause or charity.
Carbon Stoppers is heavily promoted on TYB’s buses, used by more than 12m passengers per annum, and website.
The company has guaranteed its involvement in the project until at least the end of 2009.
Picture caption: Good news: TYB’s Jenni Wilkinson (right) and Echo Editor Neal Butterworth (third left) present the £250 donation to Ralph Cooper, Chairman of Bournemouth Talking Newspaper (second left) watched by the charity’s helpers and supporters.