M6toll Announces Drive for Charity Date and the Good Causes to Benefit

An entire day's net toll revenue from the M6toll MEL has now announced the date as Wednesday 13 July and has named the three good causes which will benefit from the giveaway.

The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Staffordshire and Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts will each receive a share of the takings for their work in the region served by Britain's first privately funded motorway.

Tom Fanning, managing director of MEL, said: "The chosen charities all help the community in different ways, whether they work to improve the lives of children and young people, are involved in caring for the sick and in medical research or work to protect native wildlife. My staff and I will work hand in hand with our chosen charities to make it a successful day.

"The M6toll already makes a major contribution to the region by keeping it moving through providing the choice of a free flowing alternative to the M6 and we're delighted that we can support the excellent work these charities do."

The amount the charities receive will depend on how many drivers use the 27 mile toll road on 13 July. After VAT is deducted, all the tolls paid during the 24- hour period will be distributed to the good causes.

Tom explained: "It'll be a sizeable sum of tens of thousands of pounds and we're making a considerable commitment to support these charities. Indeed these chosen organisations will receive an annual donation from the first three years of the Drive for Charity initiative."

Drive for Charity is already established and popular in Australia where, on one day a year, MEL's joint owner Macquarie Infrastructure Group donates the net revenue of its toll motorways to good causes.

The NSPCC is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. Its work in the Midlands includes a young people's centre in Chelmsley Wood and an advisory and advocacy service in Staffordshire for children and young people in care. Last year 7,000 calls were made from the Midlands alone to its child protection helpline.

Janine Miller, corporate fundraising manager at the NSPCC, said: "We're thrilled with Midland Expressway Limited's support as we rely upon the generosity of the public for over 84 per cent of our income. The money raised will make a real difference in helping us to continue to provide much needed services to children at risk of abuse and neglect."

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing care to cancer patients in their own homes. Marie Curie hospices actively promote quality of life for people with cancer and provide support for their families completely free.

Susan White, fundraising manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care, West Midlands, said: "This is a wonderful gesture. The money will go to supporting our Marie Curie Nursing service in the local community which helps patients to make the choice to be cared for at home at the end of life. Marie Curie nurses provide hands-on nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes, generally throughout the night, which enables their carers and families to have a rest."

The 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK make up the largest UK charity exclusively dedicated to conserving habitats and species and work for an environment richer in wildlife for everyone.

Nigel Evans, regional corporate manager for both the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: "Drive for Charity is a fantastic idea because it will enable us to carry out a biodiversity rebuild of the region that is so urgently needed. We have an action plan to protect or enhance the natural world in our areas and this welcome donation will help us to do some of that work."