Local Charities receive £90,000 from the M6toll Drive for Charity

The amount donated has been calculated by deducting VAT from the total toll takings from midnight to midnight on 10 May 2008 and is inclusive of MEL's ongoing annual donation of £30,000 to the County Air Ambulance. The remaining amount being shared equally between a partnership of local hospices - Compton, St. Giles, Katharine House and Birmingham St. Mary's, as well as Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

The Charities added to the event by hosting a well attended static display of classic and performance vehicles and motorbikes at Roadchef Norton Canes motorway services.

Charity spokeswoman, Karen Bowyer said: "All the charities are extremely grateful for the generous donation and also for the opportunity to raise awareness of their individual causes on the day itself. The charities were able to host an extremely successful event with the help of the staff from Midland Expressway and the Norton Canes Roadchef."

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of MEL, concluded: "This year's event was a great success and the money raised will go towards fantastic causes which all have a direct influence over the region which the M6toll covers.

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.


Photo : Representatives from the three nominated charities (from the top) : Robin Haslam, Leonard Cheshire Disability; Anne Overton, RNIB and Karen Bowyer, M6 Toll Hospice Partnership.