Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund receives Carbon Stoppers boost

A CHARITY established in memory of a little girl who died from cancer is the latest to receive a Carbon Stoppers donation.



Grateful: Yellow Buses’ Sally Spicer (second right) and Kylie Houghton (left) present the Carbon Stoppers donation to Chantel Cooper (second left), Bob Cox and Lynsey Docherty of the Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund.

The Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund supports children in Dorset and the surrounding area who are suffering from terminal, life-limiting and serious chronic illness.

It funds family days out, games or toys, social activities such as swimming or dancing lessons as well as many other requests.

The Bournemouth-based charity is named after Amelia-Grace who died in 2010 after battling an aggressive form of childhood cancer.

Her mum, Chantel Cooper, and fellow trustee Lynsey Docherty, have now been presented with a £250 Carbon Stoppers’ cheque after the charity was nominated by Daily Echo readers.

Chantel said: “We’re really grateful to the Daily Echo and Yellow Buses for this donation.

“We see ourselves as a community-based charity so it’s lovely to be nominated by people in the community.”

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.

Since the scheme was launched in 2008 a total of £10,450 has been presented to 45 charities and good causes.

Apart from the Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund, other Carbon Stopper recipients over the last five 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, Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help Group, The Gunstone Trust, Wimborne in Bloom, Bournemouth Young Carers, BCHA, Avonbourne College’s Shelley Project, La Leche League, Seabrook Seals Open Water Swimming Group, Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund, Who Let The Dad’s Out, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and The CRUMBS Project in Boscombe.