Bev Bevan Drumming Up Support for the M6toll’s Annual Drive for Charity Fun Day

Saga 105.7 Fm presenter and ex-ELO and The Move drummer, Bev Bevan, will be formally opening the event at 11.00hrs.

Suzy Perry, presenter of MotoGP, is also delighted to be supporting the event, saying: "Whilst you're enjoying getting about for work or pleasure it will be an added bonus to know that your toll fare is going to help those that need it".

Organisations from across the region will also be lending a helping hand to support the M6toll's annual Drive for Charity day later this month when an entire day's net toll takings will be given away to three charities.

All the tolls paid by those who use the M6toll on Wednesday 26 July will be distributed to the chosen good causes - Marie Curie Cancer Care, the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and the Staffordshire and Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts.

To celebrate the day with its customers, operator Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) will host a safety related fun day at Norton Canes motorway service area between junctions T6 and T7, from 10.00hrs to 16.00hrs.

Customers who call into the RoadChef services will be able to see demonstrations by the fire service, climb on board Central Network's electricity safety truck, learn about the excellent work of a local wildlife shelter and meet some of the rescued animals and to relax and to de-stress you, free massages from Leap Health Therapy.

There'll also be competitions to win VIP tickets to the Sealife Centre and family tickets to Drayton Manor Theme Park, free Costa Coffee sampling and goody bags, face painting and balloons for children. Collection buckets at the site will allow customers to boost the Drive for Charity proceeds still further.

Tom Fanning, chief executive of MEL, said: "We're working with our chosen charities to make the M6toll's annual Drive for Charity a successful day and we hope our customers will give their support.

"How much the charities receive will depend on how many drivers use the road over the 24-hour period but we hope to build on last year's amount.

"The net toll revenue given away will have a major impact on these charities who work to benefit the community in a variety of ways."

After VAT is deducted, all the tolls paid on 26 July will go to the selected charities, which will benefit from the first three years of the Drive for Charity initiative.

M6toll customers who wish to give more than their toll fee can make a donation in the collection buckets at the RoadChef services on the day. Alternatively they can send a cheque made payable to Midland Expressway Limited to the freepost address Drive for Charity, Midland Expressway Limited, Operations Centre, FREEPOST, NAT 9069, Weeford, Lichfield, WS14 0BR.

In addition to the three main charities, part of the money raised on the day will help fund MEL's ongoing charitable support for the County Air Ambulance.

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