M6toll’s tasty donation helps Queens Croft High School

Staff from Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) visited Queens Croft High School recently to present them with a cheque for £500 towards equipment for their Vocational Centre café.

Queen’s Croft is a generic special school based in Lichfield.  They have a Vocational Centre which has been converted into an area for vocational learning.  Pupils from all Key Stages get a chance to use the café as part of the curriculum allowing them to work in a real life environment serving staff, parents and friends of the school.

Pupils working in the café regularly from year 10 onwards are given the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Basic Food Hygiene qualification.

James Hodson MEL’s Social Committee Chairman said: “our Social Committee members were delighted to support the café project which was put forward to us by the school’s Food Technology teacher, Joanne Underwood.   It was a great pleasure to visit the school with our Incident Support Unit and allow the youngsters to get a ‘hands on’ experience of some of the equipment we carry on the vehicle.”

John Edwards Headteacher added:  “Since it’s opening in 2010 the vocational centre café has gone from strength to strength. We would like to raise the profile of the centre, with the aim to increase community use of the café, providing more opportunities for our pupils to work in a real life environment. This generous donation from MEL has allowed us to purchase equipment for our centre; in particular coffee machines, a smoothie maker and a hot plate which can be utilised by all participating students.”

This donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects.

MEL's Social Committee will be working closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the remaining £20,000 Drive for Charity fund over the next 12 months.

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.

undefinedpictured from Left to Right – James Hodson, Chairman of MEL’s Social Committee with students from Queen’s Croft High School


pictured from Left to Right - student from Queen’s Croft High School with Joanne Underwood, Food Technology Teacher outside the Vocational Centre Café.