HOSPITAL Radio Bedside (HRB) had some good news of its own to broadcast after receiving a cash boost from Transdev Yellow Buses’ innovative Carbon Stoppers scheme.
The station, which broadcasts to five local hospitals, was presented with a £200 cheque after being nominated by readers of the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
Trevor Dean, Programme Organiser, said: “HRB is run by volunteers and as a self-funding charity relies entirely on donations and fundraising events. We really appreciate this generous donation.”
HRB broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from studios at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to patients in Bournemouth, Poole, Poole Maternity, Christchurch and Wimborne hospitals.
Carbon Stoppers was jointly launched by Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) and the Echo last autumn.
Each week the bus company holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a separately administered 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.
Other good causes to benefit include Bournemouth Talking Newspaper, Devon & Somerset Air Ambulance and Cherry Tree Nursery, run by the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project.
Broadcasting boost: Trevor Dean, Hospital Radio Bedside’s Programme Organiser, receives the Carbon Stoppers’ donation from Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Head of Marketing.