Midland Expressway Limited provide funding for life-saving equipment for St John Ambulance

A campaign is under way to raise funds needed for vital equipment for a local first aid charity. 

St John Ambulance is the nation's leading first aid charity.  Across the West Midlands, St John Ambulance provides training courses to teach people of all ages lifesaving skills and the charity's volunteers provide first aid cover at many events in their local communities. 

To ensure these volunteers have the equipment they need to save lives in an emergency situation, Midlands Expressway Limited (MEL) the operators of the M6toll, have kindly donating £500 from their Drive for Charity funds to help St John Ambulance buy an automated external defibrillator (AED) for use at public events.  

There are an estimated 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The chance of survival falls 10% for every minute that passes without an AED being used.  While CPR is an effective way to help a patient who has stopped breathing, the survival rate increases by more than 50 per cent if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within the first four minutes, so immediate defibrillation could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Stephen Dowling; MEL's Health & Safety Coordinator said: 'sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone who may or may not be diagnosed with a cardiac condition.  Our Social Committee members understood that defibrillators are life-saving machines and can be the difference between life and death; thus making the decision to support St John Ambulance's campaign.'

'Defibrillation within the first 3 minutes increases the chance of survival to 70%. As part of MEL's recent First Aid at work review, we have purchased three Automated External Defibrillators (AED).'

Siobhan Clifford; Regional Fundraising Coordinator for St John Ambulance added:  'Our volunteers are a familiar sight at events across the West Midlands region, from football grounds to school fetes, making sure that anyone who needs first aid gets it quickly.  Thanks to the kind donation of MEL, these volunteers are now even better equipped to deal with life or death situations where an AED could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.'

If you would like to make a donation or get involved in fundraising for St John Ambulance please call Siobhan on 01785 245670.

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  please email pressoffice@m6toll.co.uk or telephone 0870 850 6222.


St John Ambulance

IMAGE: pictured from Left to Right : Tom Burton (Equipment and logistics lead for St John Ambulance), Stephen Dowling MEL's Health & Safety Manager from Walsall and Jonathon Wright (North District Cycle Response Unit lead for St John Ambulance)