Yellows fly high for charity


FOUR charities supported by the Bournemouth Air Festival have been given £500 through the Daily Echo/Yellow Buses’ Carbon Stoppers initiative.

Each week the Yellows hold a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken by passengers on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest.

During the air festival last year – at which the Yellows transported tens of thousands of passengers – the initiative was run each day.

The final total of £500 was distributed to the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, The Not Forgotten Association for injured servicemen and women, The British Lung Foundation and the Jon Egging Trust.

Jon Egging was the Red Arrows pilot who died when his plane came down during the 2011 festival.

A memorial on Bournemouth’s East Cliff was later erected in his memory.

Jenni Wilkinson, Yellows’ Head of Marketing, said: “The air festival is a huge event for the town attracting hundreds of thousands of people.

“Moving them around is a massive logistical challenge, but one that we have risen to every year.

“During the last festival we extended our regular Carbon Stoppers fundraising to cover all three days.

“We’re delighted to have raised so much for the four great charities supported by the festival.”

This year’s festival – the eighth – will be held on August 20-23 and Yellow Buses will again be on hand to transport visitors around.

Carbon Stoppers was launched in 2008 with more than £14,000 now presented to 60 charities and good causes.