Over £178,000 is raised on Drive for Charity Day

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operator of the M6toll, has beaten last year's target of £166,000 by raising £178,000 on the third annual Drive for Charity Day on Wednesday 23rd May.

MEL has an ongoing commitment to support the County Air Ambulance, which will receive £30,000. The remaining £148,000 will be divided between three nominated charities.

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 cheque on Friday 8th June for £49,436 presented by Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of MEL.

Tom Fanning said "I'm delighted to have again beaten last year's total. The money raised will go towards fantastic causes which all have a direct influence over the region which the M6 Toll covers.

The M6toll has already brought major benefits to the region in terms of it's free flowing and stress free driving conditions, it's great to be able to give back even more to the local community with our Drive for Charity day as the money raised will go to local causes.

I'd like to praise our customers for their continued support, many of whom donated even more than just their tolls by giving extra at the toll booths.

This is our last year working with the NSPCC, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Wildlife Trusts and I am proud to have supported them over the past three years.

Drive for Charity will continue as an ongoing commitment from the M6 Toll and we will be seeking to select new charities to work with us and the Air Ambulance for a further three year period."

The amount the charities receive has been calculated by deducting VAT from the total toll takings from midnight to midnight on 23 May 2007 and MEL's ongoing commitments with the County Air Ambulance, and includes additional donations by customers at the toll booths and by M6toll staff who chose to 'Dress Down' for the day.

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Pictured: MEL CEO Tom Fanning and MEL Constuction Director Jon Langham with the Chartity representatives.

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