Sparkle Appeal is latest to receive Carbon Stopper donation

A MULTI-MILLION pound appeal to raise funds for new hydrotherapy facilities for disabled children is the latest to receive a donation from Carbon Stoppers.


The Sparkle Appeal was launched in 2010 with the aim of raising £5 million to provide a new hydrotherapy pool and therapy centre at Victoria Education Centre (VEC) in Poole.

More than half the target amount has been raised and the pool is now built and in action.

VEC specialises in providing education, therapy and care for young people from three years of age to adults with physical disabilities, predominately cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Some of the children’s difficulties are due to severe illness, accidents, tumours and strokes.

The Senior Section of Ferndown Forest Golf Club adopted the Sparkle Appeal as the Captain’s annual charity and approached Carbon Stoppers for a donation.

Peter Jennings, who is Chairman of Governors at VEC and also a member of Ferndown Forest Golf Club, was presented with a £220 cheque by Sally Spicer of Yellow Buses.

He said: “We’re very pleased to receive this money and thank Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo for choosing us.”

Carbon Stoppers was launched by Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo five years ago.

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.

Since Carbon Stoppers was launched in 2008 a total of £12,660 has been presented to 51 charities and good causes.

Apart from The Sparkle Appeal, other Carbon Stopper recipients 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, AJ’s Funtime, John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and DCODE.