DORSET’S first-ever wheelchair rugby club is £200 better off thanks to Carbon Stoppers.
The Dorset Destroyers has become the latest in a long line of good causes and charities to receive a donation from the Daily Echo/Yellow Buses initiative.
Nick and Sue Coombs officially launched the club at the Poole Park Sports Festival in August.
Already they’ve raised over £3,000 to pay for their first wheelchair rugby chair thanks to donations and grants from the Steve Bernard Foundation and Poole Council.
Now the couple are working towards funding their second chair after being ‘bowled over’ by the public response to The Dorset Destroyers.
Nick said: “It’s an incredible sport but, amazingly, no clubs existed in Dorset, Wiltshire or Somerset.
“We’ve now launched taster sessions at The Junction Sports and Leisure Centre in Broadstone on Sunday October 12 and 26 and November 9 from 1pm until 3pm.
“The sessions are open to any potential players with a physical impairment aged 16 or over, beginners or pro-players, male or female.
“We’ve been amazed by the response from people and the Carbon Stoppers donation is just the latest piece of good news. We’re really pleased.”
Carbon Stoppers was launched by Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo six 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 more than £14,000 has been presented to 56 charities and good causes.