Plucky paddlers get Yellow support

Plucky paddlers get Yellow support

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FOUR rowers who are planning to paddle their way around the UK in an Australian surf boat are being supported by Yellow Buses’ Carbon Stoppers initiative.

The oarsome foursome are raising money for Wessex Cancer Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

The Carbon Stoppers fund is a joint Yellow Buses /Daily Echo initiative that has handed out well over £14,000 to charities and good causes.

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.

The rowers have received a Carbon Stoppers donation for June to mark Fathers’ Day and will be presented with another on their return.

No one has ever circumnavigated the UK in a surf boat and the rowers will be spend 100 days taking on the 2,500 mile challenge.

They will leave from Urban Reef on the promenade near Boscombe Pier on May 2 and will paddle the equivalent of a marathon a day.

They hope to raise £100,000 and it’s possible to donate through their website ukcharityrow2015.co.uk.

Jenni Wilkinson, Yellows’ Head of Marketing, said: “This is an astonishingly ambitious thing to attempt and we’re very pleased to be supporting the rowers.

“We’ll be following their progress on the website and look forward to presenting them with another donation on their return.”

Steen Stone, one of the UK Charity Row 2015 team, said: “We’ve received a great deal of support already and we’re extremely grateful to Yellow Buses for the money.

“No one has ever done the trip in a surf boat. Our one is 27 years old, 28 feet long and six feet wide.

“We’ve all given up our jobs for the project and are motivated by raising as much as we can for two great charities.”