Local Charities receive £50,000 from the M6toll Drive for Charity

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll, donated a further £30,000 to three local charities at their Drive for Charity fundraising event and fun day.

The event was held on Friday 7th August at the M6toll Motorway Service Area (MSA) at Norton Canes which is operated by Roadchef and located between junctions T6 and T7 of the M6toll.

MEL’s Social Committee members hosted the event in conjunction with their chosen charities - Violets in Bloom; Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity & Fisher House UK and Staffordshire Search & Rescue Team, along with Midlands Air Ambulance and Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre.

Charity representatives were presented with cheques for £10,000 each by MEL’s Chief Executive, Andy Pearson.A further £20,000 has been allocated to support a range of local community projects over the next 12 months, such as Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre who were a beneficiary of last year’s Drive for Charity. MEL also has an ongoing programme of support for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Andy Pearson, Chief Executive of MEL, concluded: "This year's event was a great success and our donations will go towards fantastic causes which could all have a direct impact on M6toll customers and employees. I am really looking forward to working with and supporting our chosen charities over the next 12 months.

I'd also like to give a big thanks to our customers for their continued support and especially thank all of those who joined in with the fun and generously added to the amount donated on the day.

Our Drive for Charity will continue as an ongoing commitment from MEL and my Social Committee will be seeking to select new charities to partner with us along with Midlands Air Ambulance next year.”

The MEL Social Committee will be working closely with MEL employees to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from smaller donations from the remaining £20,000 fund over the next 12 months.

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. For further information or to register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support either now, or in the future, visit www.m6toll.co.uk or email d4c@m6toll.co.uk.

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 Janet Cox (Violet’s grandmother), Kerry Mornington (CEO of Violets in Bloom and Violet’s mother, Andy Pearson (MEL Chief Executive) and Ivan Mornington (Violet’s father)

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 (from left to right) Peter Mayer (volunteer QEHB), Dave MacKay (Trustee QEHB), Anne Waller (volunteer QEHB), Mike Hammond (CEO QEHB as mascot), Andy Pearson (MEL Chief Executive), Derek Waller (volunteer QEHB) and Roger Raybould (volunteer QEHB)

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Far left Dave Barley (dog handler SSART) with Red, middle left Helen Presland (Treasurer SSART), middle Paul Keen (chairman SSART), middle right Andy Pearson (MEL Chief Executive) and far right James Rudman (dog handler SSART) with Jake together with other SSART volunteers

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(from left to right): Simon Wright (Midlands Air Ambulance), Andy Pearson (MEL Chief Executive), MAAC (Midlands Air Ambulance mascot) and Jon Cottrell (Corporate Partnerships Coordinator Midlands Air Ambulance)

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