Bipolar group awarded £300 Carbon Stoppers donation

A GROUP which helps sufferers of bipolar disorder and their families is celebrating a £300 donation from Carbon Stoppers.


Welcome donation: Norman Scates, Co-ordinator of Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help Group, receives the £300 Carbon Stoppers donation from Yellow Buses’ Sally Spicer watched by Hazel Clifton, Treasurer, and Helen Hardcastle, Facilitator.

Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help Group is the 33rd good cause to be helped by the innovative scheme which was jointly launched by Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo three years ago.

Bipolar disorder, sometimes known as manic depression, involves extreme highs and lows in mood, sometimes punctuated by periods of normality.

It can occur at any age, although it often develops in people who are between 18 to 24 years of age. The condition affects around one person in 100.

Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help Group meets monthly at East Gate Lodge, Poole Park, to support each other.

The group has been looking for funds to start a creative group, also at East Gate Lodge.

It has a qualified teacher of arts and crafts to run the class but needs money to buy materials and equipment.

Norman Scates, Co-ordinator, said: “All charities are struggling for funding so this is a particularly welcome donation. We’re very grateful.”

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 £7,920 has been presented to 33 good causes.

Apart from Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help 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, Coping with CHAOS, Dorset ME Support Group, Somerford Children’s Centre, Springbourne Family Centre, LV=Streetwise, Everyman and Vita Nova.