M6toll Chief Announces Drive for Charity Date

Midland Expressway Limited today announced the date for the annual Drive for Charity event

Following the success of last year's Drive for Charity event which raised over £160,000 for local charities, the event this year is being brought forward to the 23rd May.

As in the past two years, the M6toll's annual Drive for Charity day will gift an entire day's net toll taking to three charities.

All the tolls paid by those who use the M6toll on Wednesday 23rd May 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.

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of MEL, said: "We have been working with our chosen charities to make the M6 Toll's annual Drive for Charity a successful day and we hope our customers will give their continued support. I do hope customers will rally to this cause as it will be a bonus knowing that your toll fare will be used for such good causes.

How much the charities receive will depend on how many drivers use the road on the day and, as this is the last year in our partnering with these charities, we hope we get great support.

The net toll revenue given away will have a major impact on these charities whose work in the local community is substantial and we are proud to have supported them over the past three years.

Drive for Charity will continue as an ongoing commitment from the M6Toll and we will be seeking to select new charities to work with us and the air ambulance for a further three year period."

Susan White, Marie Curie's Birmingham Development Fundraiser said "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Midland Expressway for choosing Marie Curie Cancer Care as one of the charities to benefit from 'Drive for Charity' Day.

This being our last year, I would urge the general public to support this event once again and Drive for Charity on Wednesday 23rd May. It's been a fantastic three years and monies raised have far exceeded all my expectations."

Yvonne Stevens of Staffordshire and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said "During the past two years Drive for Charity has raised over £80,000 to help Staffordshire and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust deliver their conservation, education and community programme. This is a wonderful achievement and we very much look forward to working with them in this, the final year of our partnership."

Jan Goosey of the NSPCC said "The NSPCC is extremely grateful for the tremendous support Midlands Expressway have given us over the last 3 years and hope that drivers in the Midlands will support the Drive for Charity day and help make this year the most successful yet."

"The money raised will be used to support our Marie Curie Nursing Service throughout the West Midlands including Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Marie Curie Nurses provide 'hands on' care to terminally ill cancer patients in their own homes. This service is entirely free to the patient and their family.

After VAT is deducted, all the tolls paid on 23rd May will be distributed to the selected charities on 8th June.

M6 Toll customers who may wish to give more than their toll fee 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 0PQ.

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 was established and made popular in Australia where, on one day a year, MEL's owner Macquarie Infrastructure Group donated the net revenue of its toll motorways to good causes.


Pictured: MEL CEO Tom Fanning, the Warwickshire and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's badger, Marie Curie Cancer Care's daffodil, Jan Goosey for the NSPCC Full Stop Campaign and Ian Clayton, Operations Manager for the County Air Ambulance at RAF Cosford.