A CHARITY which offers a ‘one stop shop’ for carers and older people in Dorset is celebrating a £250 donation from Carbon Stoppers.
Help & Care is the latest good cause locally to receive funds from the joint Transdev Yellow Buses/Daily Echo initiative.
The charity, which was founded 25 years ago, provides a wide range of services and support to older people, carers and local communities in Dorset.
Based in Bournemouth, Help & Care was the first organisation in the county to be awarded the prestigious ‘Investing in Volunteers Award.’
It relies heavily on donations to fund its work which includes delivering a range of tailor-made services to older people and carers.
Heather Martin, Help & Care’s Volunteer Coordinator, said: ““We are absolutely delighted with the donation. It is fantastic that Transdev Yellow Buses and the Echo have recognised the work our volunteers are doing.“
She added: “The donation will help us to continue our general community support and will allow us to develop our vital telephone befriending service.
“The service helps us to reach many isolated older people and has been of particular value during the cold spell when many older people required urgent shopping and help with sorting out heating problems.”
Carbon Stoppers was jointly launched by TYB – named Shire Operator of the Year at the 2009 UK Bus Awards – and the Echo in autumn 2008. Carbon Stoppers was also ‘highly commended’ at the 2009 UK Bus Awards.
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.
To date, a total of £3,400 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, Rebound Gym Club, Caring Canines, Pink Champagne Dragon Boat Team, S.P.R.I.N.G and Bournemouth Food Bank.
Picture caption: Funding boost: TYB’s Sally Spicer (left) presents the £250 Carbon Stoppers donation to Heather Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, Help & Care.