M6toll staff welcome 'VIP' Visitors

Two VIP's - very important pups - visited Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll, on 20th January 2015 to say thank you for setting them on a journey to becoming a guide dog.

Little Tolly (Golden Retriever/Labrador cross) and Tilly (German Shepherd) are now 5 months old but have already learned many of the basic obedience commands that will be used when they go out into the world as part of a Guide Dog partnership.

Although this is Tolly and Tilly's first visit, the staff at MEL have received regular 'pupdates' about their progress over the last few months since they donated £10,000 to Guide Dogs as part of their Drive for Charity initiative.  All staff members were invited to suggest a puppy name with the final names being chosen by the company's Social Committee.

James Hodson, MEL's Director of Motorway Operations & Facilities, said: 'It was really exciting to meet Tolly and Tilly. It was also great to meet their puppy walkers, Maureen McMillan (Tolly) and Pat Grainger (Tilly) and to find out all about their training and what their personalities are like. These little things bring us closer to the whole process and it's fascinating.'

Dan Myatt, Community Fundraiser at Guide Dogs, said: 'Puppy visits are really special. People then get to see that all the time and effort they put into fundraising has borne fruit in the training of these dog. It makes it all worthwhile.'

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk for further information or telephone 0870 850 6222.

 Tolly & Tilly IMAGE: Pictured from Left to Right (back)‐ David Chalaye*, Stuart Spence*, Pat Grainger; Tilly's puppy walker, Dan Myatt; Community Fundraiser at Guide Dogs, Paul Parry* Sheena Hawkins*, Kelly Bourne* (front) James Hodson; Director of Motorway Operations M6toll with Tilly, Karen Johnstone* with Tolly and Maureen McMillan; Tolly's puppy walker