Plans to mark Frankenstein author Mary Shelley’s links with Bournemouth have been given a £200 Carbon Stoppers boost.
Avonbourne College’s Shelley Project is the latest community scheme to benefit from the joint Daily Echo/Yellow Buses initiative.
The donation – described by Kathryn Loughnan, Director of Enterprise and Unique Ethos as “fantastic” – will help fund a sculpture.
A planning application has been submitted to site the statute of a white dove in Boscombe’s Shelley Park.
Kathryn said: “The sculpture symbolises the Shelley story and specifically Frankenstein as our students felt the novel encapsulated the need for tolerance and acceptance of other people’s differences.”
She added: “After working with the artist Andy Kirkby to ensure their ideas were a part of the art, the statue is featuring as the centrepiece in the Light and Dark themed garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from July 3 to 8.
“Following this it will be sited in what would have been Shelley’s back garden in Shelley Park where students have been hard at work with the council to prepare the area.”
Each week Yellow Buses holds 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. So far £8,980 has been presented to 38 good causes.
Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, presented the £200 cheque to students at Avonbourne School who were taking part in a Gothic ‘mufti’ day.
Apart from Avonbourne College’s Shelley Project other Carbon Stopper recipients over the last four 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, The Gunstone Trust, Wimborne in Bloom, Bournemouth Young Carers and BCHA.