Cancer charity receives cash boost

A CENTRE which provides support for patients with head and neck cancer has received a £1,000 cash boost from Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB).

For the second year running the company has donated the proceeds of what would have been the cost of a staff Christmas meal to charity.

TYB employees were asked to nominate the charity of their choice. The most votes were for an unspecified cancer charity with TYB deciding to keep the money local by supporting About Face.

The charity provides support, advice and information for people who are diagnosed with facial cancer in the Dorset and Hampshire area.

Its new About Face Centre in Poole was officially opened in December 2008 after a successful three-year campaign to raise £500,000 under the auspices of The Butterfly Appeal.

Described as a world first, the independent centre also provides a library and practical suite for the further education for trainee maxillofacial surgeons.

It is sited opposite Poole Hospital which has a UK-wide recognised head and neck cancer unit with referrals from across the South and West.

Ian Catley, Butterfly Appeal Director, said: “This is a magnificent donation and we applaud the staff of Transdev Yellow Buses”.

“Patients and their families can look to About Face for the support they need because of donations like this. They can even catch a (1b and 1c Yellow) bus to the About Face Centre in Longfleet Road, as we have a stop right outside!”

Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Head of Marketing, said: “Not all our people have access to the canteen for a Christmas meal.

“As in 2008, we felt a fairer gesture would be to donate £1,000 to charity. As is typical of our staff’s unselfish support for good causes, this received widespread backing.”

Picture caption: Generous gesture: Ian Catley, Butterfly Appeal Director (front right) receives the £1,000 cheque from TYB staff at the company’s Bournemouth head office.