Early Christmas present for specialist day school

Diverse Abilities Plus

Good cause: Sally Spicer, Yellow Buses’ Marketing Assistant (second left) with John Ashby, Langside’s Headteacher; Helen Alexander, Fundraising Manager, and 14-year-old pupil David.

PUPILS at a specialist day school in Poole had an early Christmas present thanks to Carbon Stoppers.

Langside School in Parkstone supports children from two to 19 years.

All the pupils have physical disabilities and profound and multiple learning difficulties and many have additional complex medical needs and sensory loss.

The charity Diverse Abilities Plus (previously known as Dorset Scope) is currently raising more than £40,000 to buy a specially adapted minibus.

The vehicle will allow pupils to be taken out into the community on visits and outings.

Sally Spicer, Yellow Buses’ Marketing Assistant, presented a £200 Carbon Stoppers cheque to John Ashby. Langside’s Headteacher; 14-year-old pupil David and Helen Alexander, Fundraising Manager.

Helen said: “We’re very grateful for this money which will be put to good use.”

Carbon Stoppers was jointly launched by Yellow Buses – named Shire Operator of the Year in the 2009 and 2010 UK Bus Awards – and the Daily Echo two years ago.

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 with Echo readers invited to nominate worthy recipients.

To date a total of £5,720 has been presented to 24 local charities and good causes.

Apart from Diverse Abilities Plus, other Carbon Stopper recipients over the last two years 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, 2 Close Together, PHA-UK, Bournemouth Concert Brass, Everyman, East Dorset Alzheimer’s Society, Dorset Rape Crisis Line, Fernheath Play Association and Brendoncare.