Air ambulance flies high after Carbon Stoppers donation

AN INNOVATIVE scheme which rewards bus travellers by putting something back into the community has now raised nearly £1,000 for good causes.

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance has become the latest charity to benefit from the Carbon Stoppers campaign, launched by Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) and the Daily Echo, Bournemouth, last September.

Each week the Bournemouth-based operator holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a separately adminstered Community Chest.

TYB has pledged a minimum donation of £50 per week to the fund which is available to schools, community groups and good causes in its coverage area.

Carbon Stoppers is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the UK bus industry. It is heavily promoted on TYB’s buses, used by more than 12m passengers per annum, and its website.

TYB has guaranteed its involvement in the project until at least the end of this year.

To date, a total of £950 has been raised for good causes including Bournemouth Talking Newspaper and Cherry Tree Nursery, run by the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project.

The latest cheque, for £500, was presented in person to the crew of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance when they dropped in by helicopter at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Fundraising Coordinator Tracy Bartram said: “We need to raise £3,500 a day, or nearly £1.3 million annually, and rely totally on the generosity of the public.

“We’re very grateful to Transdev Yellow Buses for this marvellous donation.”

Picture caption: Flying high: TYB’s Sally Spicer (right) and Darren Slade, of the Daily Echo, Bournemouth (second right) presents a £500 cheque to Tracy Bartram, of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, watched by members of the flight crew.