Cancer charity “thrilled” to receive Carbon Stoppers award

A CHARITY which supports people who have cancer of the head and neck is the latest to receive a Carbon Stoppers donation.

Good cause: Dr Tony Pigott, Chairman of About Face, and volunteer Muriel Hall receive the Carbon Stoppers cheque from Yellow Buses’ Sally Spicer watched by staff and other volunteers.

About Face is the 31st good cause to be helped by the innovative scheme which was jointly launched by Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo three years ago.

The Poole-based charity provides one-to-one and group support for patients and their families and carers.

It also offers a specialised facility at the About Face Centre in Poole for the further education and training of health professionals in the head and neck cancer disciplines.

About Face was nominated for a Carbon Stoppers award by grandmother of five Muriel Hall who credits the charity for helping her emotional recovery after beating facial cancer,

Ian Catley, Chief Executive, said the £250 Carbon Stoppers donation would help fund the cost of providing free information to shoppers in Boscombe’s Sovereign Centre during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week (November 14-19).

He added: “Our support for people who have cancer of the head and neck will be augmented by the award.

“Our volunteers, each of whom have experienced cancer for themselves, will be thrilled with the further awareness that Carbon Stoppers offers About Face.”

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 Carbon Stoppers fund with Daily Echo readers invited to nominate worthy recipients. So far £7,420 has been presented to 31 good causes.

Apart from About Face, 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, Coping with CHAOS, Dorset ME Support Group, Somerford Children’s Centre, Springbourne Family Centre, LV=Streetwise and Everyman.