Carbon Stoppers celebrates 50th donation to good cause

THANK you 50 times over.

Fab at 50: Pete and Linda Thornton receive the 50th Carbon Stoppers donation from Carolyn Mackenzie (back left) and Sally Spicer of Yellow Buses.

Fab at 50: Pete and Linda Thornton receive the 50th Carbon Stoppers donation from Carolyn Mackenzie (back left) and Sally Spicer of Yellow Buses.

That’s the message from 50 charities and good causes in Dorset after the 50th Carbon Stoppers’ donation in five years.

Pete and Linda Thornton of the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) were presented with £500 at Yellow Buses’ depot in Yeomans Way, Bournemouth.

It brings the total donated to good causes since 2008 to more than £12,000.

“We’re so thrilled. It’s an absolute privilege to receive this donation which will be put to very good use for local young people,” said Linda.

JTYAF was established in 2008 to honour the memory of John Thornton. The young Royal Marines officer, who came from Ferndown, was tragically killed at the age of 22, while serving in Afghanistan.

The charity supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions.

Each week Yellow Buses holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken by passengers 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.

Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “The response to Carbon Stoppers has been beyond our wildest dreams.

“What began as a way of encouraging more people to cut down on their carbon footprint by using the bus has ended up making a real difference to 50 local charities and good causes.

“I’m very proud of what has been achieved and thank our wonderful passengers, as well as the Daily Echo, for their constant support over the last five years.”

Apart from JTYAF, other Carbon Stopper recipients since 2008 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, Mothers That Care, The Jon Egging Trust, Home-Start South East Dorset and AJ’s Funtime.