“ONCE again it is the people of Bournemouth who are showing their support for us. We are really moved.”
The words of Dawn Egging after she accepted a £500 cheque on behalf of The Jon Egging Trust.
Dawn’s son, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, lost his life when his jet crashed after a Red Arrows display at the 2011 Bournemouth Air Festival.
The Jon Egging Trust was set up in his memory to provide new opportunities to help disadvantaged young people achieve their full potential.
It is the latest good cause to receive a donation from the joint Yellow Buses/Daily Echo Carbon Stoppers’ initiative.
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.
Dawn was presented with the cheque by Fiona Harwood-Smith, Yellow Buses’ Marketing Assistant, at the memorial to her son on Bournemouth’s East Cliff.
Dawn said: “This is an absolutely wonderful donation and we’re very grateful.
“It will pay for a good proportion of the programmes run by The Jon Egging Trust.”
The youth engagement programme – Blue Skies – is expected to help about 50 young people this year in Dorset, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.
The programme involves ten day-long sessions over a three-month period with particular emphasis on teamwork and leadership.
Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “The Jon Egging Trust not only does tremendous work but also helps keep alive memories of an outstanding pilot, husband and son.
“We’re so pleased that a fund supported by our passengers has helped such a worthy cause.”
Since Carbon Stoppers was launched in 2008 a total of £11,500 has been presented to 47 charities and good causes.
Apart from The Jon Egging Trust, 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, Pictures of Success and Mothers That Care.