M6toll seek charity partners for this year’s Drive for Charity

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll, have today announced that they are seeking three new local charity partners to receive funding as part of their ongoing Drive for Charity initiative.

MEL are urging local charities to apply for funding and become one of their three chosen charities for a 12 month period from August 2015 to July 2016, with successful charities being formally announced at their Drive for Charity fundraising event which is to be held on Friday 7th August.

As last year, £50,000 will be donated at the fundraising event; £30,000 of which will be allocated to local charities (receiving £10,000 each) and the remaining £20,000 to support numerous local community projects.

During the last 12 month period, MEL has supported Guide Dogs by way of sponsoring two puppies named Tolly and Tilly, Troop Aid for the provision of 400 grab bags for injured troops and Acorns Children’s Hospice providing essential care and support at their Walsall hospice.  In addition, MEL continues to annually support Midlands Air Ambulance, having donated over £200,000 since road opening.

James Hodson, MEL’s Social Committee Chairman said: “we are extremely proud to have had the opportunity to offer our support to such wonderful charities over the last 12 months.  We are looking forward to working with our three new charities who in turn assist the local community in different ways.”

MEL’s Social Committee have also supported numerous local community projects ranging from essential life-saving equipment for Staffordshire Search and Rescue to the provision of new aviaries for Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre.

Those charities interested in seeking funding and becoming one of MEL’s partner charities are asked to email the Drive for Charity team on d4c@m6toll.co.uk wherein an information booklet and application process will be provided.  The closing date for applications being 30th June 2015.

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