M6toll CEO announces future nominated charities

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), today announced that the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), Leonard Cheshire Disability and the M6toll Hospice Partnership have been selected as MEL's three future nominated charities to work with them and the Air Ambulance for the next three year period.

MEL has an ongoing commitment to support the County Air Ambulance, which will continue to receive £30,000 per annum.
Following the success of the last three year's Drive for Charity events, which have rasied in total over £488,000 for NSPCC, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Wildlife Trusts, the event next year will be held on Saturday 10th May.

As in the past three years, the M6toll's annual Drive for Charity day will gift an entire day's net toll takings to three charities. All the tolls paid by those who use the M6 Toll on Saturday 10th May will be distributed to the newly nominated local charities.

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of MEL, said: "We are looking forward to working with our newly nominated charities for what promises to be an extremely enjoyable and successful 3 years. The main aim is for us to work with our chosen charities to make the M6toll's annual Drive for Charity a successful day and we hope our customers will give their continued support.

How much the charities receive is dependant upon how many drivers use the road on the day. The net toll revenue gifted will have a major impact on these charities whose work in the local community is substantial and we are extremely privileged to be supporting them over the next three years."

Karen Bowyer, spokesperson for the M6 Toll Hospice Partnership said "Together, Compton, Katharine House, St. Giles and Birmingham St. Mary's Hospices serve a population of more than three million people, offering free medical and support services to patients and families coping with a life-limiting illness.

Without the generosity of corporate partners, like M6toll, we simply couldn't continue to provide this essential lifeline and we are immensely grateful for their support."

Sue Huyton, Regional Manager RNIB added "RNIB in the West Midlands is delighted to have been selected as one of the three charities to benefit from the M6toll's Drive for Charity day. With this support we will work across the West Midlands to increase access to transport and improve mobility for people with sight loss. Being able to get out and about makes a big difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people, and is crucial in retaining independence."

Clare Cassidy, Regional Fundraising Manager for Leonard Cheshire Disability said "We are delighted to have been selected for Drive for Charity for the next three years. The funds generated from this event will provide local disabled people with much needed equipment."

Steve Parry, spokesperson for County Air Ambulance said "MEL have been exceptionally generous to County Air Ambulance in previous years and it's wonderful news to learn that the Charity has once again been nominated as one of MEL's chosen charities. The award will go along way to supporting the vital work of the helicopter medical service in the area."

Charity4Pictured: Tom Fanning CEO with the newly nominated charities.