Wimborne good causes receive Carbon Stopper donations

CARBON Stoppers has come up trumps for two more good causes.


Ringing out the good news: Wimborne Town Crier Chris Brown and Mellvin Gudger of Wimborne Militia (left) with (left to right) Tommy Fachiri and Verity Robbins of The Gunstone Trust; Carolyn Mackenzie and Sally Spicer of Yellow Buses and Wimborne in Bloom’s Richard Nunn and Anthony Oliver MBE.

Wimborne in Bloom and The Gunstone Trust are the latest charities to receive cheques from the joint Yellow Buses/Daily Echo initiative.

Each week the Yellows hold a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest.

The bus company has pledged a minimum donation of £50 per week to the Carbon Stoppers fund with Daily Echo readers invited to nominate worthy recipients.

A total of £8,330 has been presented to 35 good causes in the last three years.

Both Wimborne in Bloom and The Gunstone Trust were chosen after the successful launch of Yellow Buses’ new 4d route linking Wimborne and Bournemouth.

The Gunstone Trust was nominated by Wimborne Town Crier Chris Brown who marked the 4d’s arrival with a specially composed ‘cry.’

A registered charity, the Trust was founded in memory of Sam Gunstone, 18, who was tragically killed on the A31 in May 2010.

It was established to raise funds for much-needed youth and community projects with East Dorset – namely Wimborne and the surrounding area – as a particular focus.

Trustee Verity Robbins said the £200 Carbon Stopper cheque was “fantastic news.”

“All the money we’re receiving, including this amount, will be used to revamp the skate ramp at Redcotts Recreation Ground in Wimborne. It’s very welcome,” she added.

Wimborne in Bloom is also a registered charity and run by a small voluntary committee. It needs to raise more than £13,000 annually for its highly successful activities.

Chairman Anthony Oliver MBE described the £210 Carbon Stopper donation as “splendid” adding: “We’re entering Britain in Bloom in 2012 and looking forward to brightening up Wimborne in the same way that Yellow Buses do every day.”

Apart from The Gunstone Trust and Wimborne in Bloom, 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, Vita Nova and Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help Group.