Caring mums get helping hand from Carbon Stoppers

A COMMUNITY group which helps young people in need has received a special Mother’s Day boost from Carbon Stoppers.


Caring Mums

Caring mums: Yellow Buses’ Fiona Harwood-Smith (left) with (second left) Christine Bailey-Wheeler, Anita Rigler (second right) and Ann Clarke of Mothers That Care and Daniel Walker, 18, who is being helped by the group.

Mothers That Care ( was founded three years ago with the aim of assisting youngsters who have little or no parental support.

Help can range from resolving problems and conflicts to opening bank accounts and assisting young people to find work.

The group is the latest to receive a Carbon Stoppers’ cheque after being chosen to receive a £250 donation from the joint Yellow Buses/Daily Echo initiative.

Treasurer Anita Rigler said: “This is our first proper donation and it means the world to us.

“We were absolutely delighted to be chosen and we can’t thank the Daily Echo and Yellow Buses enough.”

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.

The Mothers That Care donation also included a proportion of the fares paid by passengers on Mother’s Day, Sunday March 10.

Since the scheme was launched in 2008 a total of £11,000 has been presented to 46 charities and good causes.

Apart from Mothers That Care, 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, The CRUMBS Project in Boscombe, Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund and Pictures of Success.