Vincent’s Vision focuses funds

Carbon Stoppers, the joint Yellow Buses/Daily Echo initiative, has donated money to the Durlston War at Poole Hospital. (l-r) Millie Payne, staff nurse, Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses, Tanya Appleby, Glenn Innes, auxilliary nurse, Carl Appleby, Terri Hignett from Yellow Buses and Vicky Bush, senior staff nurse.

Carbon Stoppers, the joint Yellow Buses/Daily Echo initiative, has donated money to the Durlston War at Poole Hospital. (l-r) Millie Payne, staff nurse, Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses, Tanya Appleby, Glenn Innes, auxilliary nurse, Carl Appleby, Terri Hignett from Yellow Buses and Vicky Bush, senior staff nurse.

The Durlston Ward at Poole Hospital has received a donation to help renovate two rooms for teenagers and young adults who are fighting cancer.

The £200 was raised by the joint Yellow Buses/ Daily Echo Carbon Stoppers initiative that has handed out nearly £20,000 to charities and good causes since its launch in 2008.

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

Tanya and Carl Appleby are driving the fundraising campaign at Poole Hospital in memory of their son Vincent, who died aged 18 from leukaemia having spent time on the ward.

The ‘Vision for Vincent’ campaign and the two specialist rooms are well on their way to completion.

Tanya said: “Vinnie lost his battle with leukaemia but had strong opinions on what we could all do to help others in a similar position.

“After spending time on Durlston Ward at Poole Hospital, it was clear that they needed fundraising to develop a Teenage and Young Adult unit for patients with cancer.

“The unit will be the first of its kind in Dorset and will ensure patients like Vinnie will have surrounds more appropriate to their age and circumstances.

“We are very grateful to Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo for the donation.”

Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses said: “Our buses take many patients and their visitors to and from Poole Hospital and it’s wonderful to help raise money for this cause.

“The two new rooms will make a huge difference for teenagers and young adults who are receiving treatment.”