Yellow Buses helps the homeless

Carbon Stoppers. Help 4 Homeless received £250 from the Yellow Buses/Daily Echo initiative (l-r) David Wood, of Help 4 Homeless Veterans, Oliver Wheatley from Yellow Buses and Dave Ingram a Yellow Buses driver and volunteer with the charity.

A charity that helps homeless veterans off the streets and into accommodation has received a donation from Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo.

Help 4 Homeless Veterans is a national charity with local volunteers including Dave Ingram, ex-Royal Navy who is now a driver for Yellow Buses.

He received the cheque together with army veteran David Wood who is the area volunteer and the charity’s military covenant advisor.

The money comes from the Carbon Stoppers initiative that is run by Yellow Buses and the Echo and 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.

David said: “We get veterans off the streets and house them and this donation of £250 will really help.

“The money will allow to us to put a veteran in B&B accommodation for 10 nights.

“We aim to get veterans off the streets into rented accommodation and then find permanent homes for them.

“Sometimes we are able to pay deposits and we have great support from the community and you can find us before AFC Bournemouth’s home games at the Queen’s Park pub.”

Oliver Wheatley from Yellow Buses said: “The initiative has always been about helping people locally and Help4Homeless Veterans does just that.

“It makes sure that ex-military personnel are not sleeping on our streets but in proper accommodation.”




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About Yellow Buses:

Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 131 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of 430. It carries just under 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area. Yellow Buses is part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth largest public transport provider.


RATP Dev is a RATP group subsidiary set up in 2002 to export the Group’s operation and maintenance knowhow outside the historic network operated by RATP in the Paris region. RATP Dev now operates in 15 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, the USA and Brazil). In 2015 RATP Dev generated revenue of more than 1.1 billion euros.


RATP group

With 14 million passengers every day worldwide, RATP group is the fifth largest urban transport operator in the world. The multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region, with its 14 metro lines (including two driverless lines), two regional express network (RER) lines, seven tramway lines, 350 bus lines and shuttle services catering to the region’s two international airports, is the largest of its kind in the world to be managed by a single company.

RATP group can devise, design and implement infrastructure development projects, operate and maintain networks irrespective of the transport mode (metro, regional train, tramway and bus) and develop innovative services to promote mobility such as passenger information, electronic ticketing, pricing and customer marketing. The automation of Paris metro’s Line 1, which was completed at the end of 2012, is a world first and once again has demonstrated the ability of RATP group to complete particularly complex projects.

RATP group has a workforce of nearly 60,000 worldwide and in 2015 generated revenue of 5,556 million euros.