A CHARITY which helps sufferers of the rare lung disorder Pulmonary Hypertension is the latest good cause to benefit from Carbon Stoppers.
More than £4,000 has now been donated to local charities and support groups as a result of the innovative scheme, organised by Yellow Buses (YB) in conjunction with the Daily Echo.
The latest £200 cheque was presented to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA-UK) by Jenni Wilkinson, YB’s Head of Marketing, and bus driver Ray Jones.
Ray ran this year’s London Marathon to raise funds for Robyn Chant, the daughter of fellow driver Lance Chant, who suffers from the lung disorder.
He completed the race in four hours and 11 minutes and is hoping to donate a further £2,500 to PHA-UK.
Receiving the Carbon Stoppers cheque, Robyn’s mum, Mandy, said: “We’re so grateful to the Echo and Yellow Buses for this generous donation.”
Carbon Stoppers was jointly launched by Yellow Buses – named Shire Operator of the Year at the 2009 UK Bus Awards – and the Daily Echo in 2008.
Each week Yellow Buses holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest.
Yellow Buses 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.
To date, a total of £4,050 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, Bournemouth Food Bank, Help & Care, thehub Goes Global and 2 Close Together.
Picture caption: Cash boost: Yellow Buses’ Ray Jones (second left) and Jenni Wilkinson (right) present the Carbon Stoppers cheque to Lance, Mandy and Robyn Chant.