A CHARITY which offers dog assisted therapy to schools, hospitals and care homes is £250 better off thanks to the Echo-backed Carbon Stoppers scheme.
Caring Canines has become the latest good cause to benefit from the joint Transdev Yellow Buses/Echo campaign.
The Bournemouth-based non-profit making voluntary group is dedicated to promoting canine awareness and its value in the community.
Visiting members share their much loved pets with a range of institutions where a visit from a temperament tested, vaccinated and insured dog would be welcome.
Sue Dennett, co-founder, said she was “thrilled to bits” with the donation which would go towards the group’s ‘Be Bookwise’ literacy programme for schools.
She added: “We couldn’t believe it when we heard the news. It’s absolutely wonderful.”
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. Echo readers are invited to nominate worthy recipients.
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 13m 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 £2,500 has been raised.
Other good causes to benefit include Bournemouth Talking Newspaper, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Cherry Tree Nursery, Life Education Wessex, Hospital Radio Bedside, Waggy Tails Rescue, Bournemouth People First, Nile 20 and Rebound Gym Club.
Picture caption: Cash boost: Starr, a four-year-old Samoyed, watches as Sue Dennett of Caring Canines receives the £250 Carbon Stoppers donation from Sally Spicer of Transdev Yellow Buses.