Carbon Stoppers breaks through the £10,000 mark

Thanks you ten thousand times over.

Poole and District Children's Cancer Fund and Moordown-based Who Let The Dads Out.

Milestone: Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, presents Carbon Stoppers’ cheques to Phil Downes of Who Let The Dad’s Out and Faye Llewellyn of Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund.

That’s the amount – £10,000 – that’s now been donated by Carbon Stoppers to 42 good causes since the Daily Echo/Yellow Buses initiative was launched in 2008.

The milestone was reached when the latest cheques were presented to Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund and Moordown-based Who Let The Dads Out.

Each week Yellow Buses holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken 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

Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “We know from the letters of appreciation we receive that Carbon Stoppers has made a real difference to many people.

“Our thanks go to our thousands of loyal customers, as well as Daily Echo readers, for helping us reach the £10,000 mark.

“We’re very proud that Carbon Stoppers has done so much for so many in the space of just four years.”

Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund (PDCCF) is a local charity run by six voluntary trustees and aims to enhance the lives of children who being treated for cancer and leukaemia.

Accepting a £250 Carbon Stoppers’ cheque, mother of three Faye Llewellyn, a PDCCF trustee, said: “We were very surprised, and pleased, to hear that we’d been successful.”

Who Let The Dad’s Out meets on the first Saturday of each month at Moordown Baptist Church, 9am to 10.30am. It offers  activities for babies, toddlers and their dads with grandfathers and uncles welcome too.

Team leader Phil Downes said the £300 donation, which included a special Carbon Stoppers day on Father’s Day June 17, was “very welcome.”

He added: “We’ll probably spend the money on toys so it will bring a lot of happiness.”

Apart from Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund and Who Let The Dad’s Out, other Carbon Stopper recipients over the last four years 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 and Bournemouth & Poole Bipolar Self-Help Group, The Gunstone Trust, Wimborne in Bloom, Bournemouth Young Carers, BCHA, Avonbourne College’s Shelley Project, La Leche League and Seabrook Seals Open Water Swimming Group.