New milestone as Carbon Stopper donations top £6,000

CARBON Stoppers is celebrating a new milestone.

The amount of money donated to local good causes since the launch of the joint Daily Echo/Yellow Buses initiative has now topped the £6,000 mark.

Dorset ME Support Group

Milestone donation: Dr William Tudor-Thomas and Wendy Rideout (second left) of Dorset ME Support Group receive the Carbon Stoppers cheque from Yellow Buses’ Sally Spicer and Jon Galpin.

The latest to receive a Carbon Stoppers cheque is Dorset ME Support Group.

The registered charity offers help and support to people with chronic fatigue syndrome and ME, including their families and carers. It has up to 600 members across Dorset.

Dr Williams Tudor-Thomas, Chairman, said: “We’re always surprised and thrilled to receive public recognition and this donation is very welcome.”

Dorset ME Support Group is the 26th good cause to be presented with a Carbon Stoppers cheque since the initiative was jointly launched by Yellow Buses – named Shire Operator of the Year in the 2009 and 2010 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 with Echo readers invited to nominate worthy recipients.

To date a total of £6,170 has been presented to 26 local charities and good causes.

Apart from Dorset ME Support Group, other Carbon Stopper recipients over the last three 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, Brendoncare, Diverse Abilities Plus and Coping with CHAOS.