M6toll receives thumbs up from Stephens Mum for support

M6toll mark their respects by adorning Burntwood toll booth with yellow ribbons in memory of Stephen Sutton as well as donating £500 towards the ‘Skydive for Stephen’ for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen Sutton, the inspirational 19 year old from Burntwood, sadly lost his 4 year battle with cancer on 14th May 2014.  The straight-A student, who wanted to become a doctor, was ­diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2010, aged just 15, sadly 2 years later he was told it was incurable.

In January 2013 he created an online blog which included a bucket list. At the top of his list was his aim to raise £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. From this moment, his selfless positive attitude resulted in him smashing his original aim and this continued to rise past the £1M mark. Stephen has raised over £5.1M for Teenage Cancer Trust, his story continues to touch the hearts of millions as donations continue to flood in a year since his passing.

Family friend Lee Woodward has continued to support and fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Stephen Sutton and most importantly to carry on with his legacy.

Lee Woodward and Jane Sutton will be jumping out of a plane this summer as part of a record-breaking fund-raiser in honour of Stephen on the 10th July. Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll, have kindly donated £500 to the cause along with adorning their Burntwood toll booth with yellow ribbons in readiness for the one year anniversary to mark their respects for the courageous young man.

Mandy Deakin, MEL Social Committee Secretary said : “This donation and support means a great deal to me as being from Burntwood myself and meeting Stephen Sutton on numerous occasions I was able to witness the positivity he spread throughout the community from the early days. I was overjoyed to hear our Social Committee had agreed to decorate the Burntwood toll booth with yellow ribbons and donate to ‘Stephen’s Skydive’ to show our respects for him and to continually support his legacy”

Jane Sutton, Stephen’s Mother added : “It’s such a wonderful gesture of MEL to decorate the toll booths at Burntwood with yellow bows and ribbon to support the ‘Turn Burntwood Yellow’ campaign commemorating the first anniversary since Stephen passed away.”

In addition Lee Woodward said : “I attempted the world record last year with Stephen but only attracted 54 jumpers so we could not challenge the world record. This time last year I was also 4 stone over the max weight limit. I was asked if I would like to give the record attempt another go this year. I jumped at the chance of having this opportunity to finish off what Stephen and I attempted last year. We are targeting 420 jumpers on the 10th July and getting Stephen’s Story in the Guinness book of records for most tandem skydivers in 24 hours. It’s great to see local companies still getting behind Stephen’s Story, ensuring Stephen’s Story continues to make a difference for many years, I’d like to thank M6toll for their support!”

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 £20,000 Drive for Charity fund.

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.




IMAGE: pictured from Left to Right – Mandy Deakin; MEL Social Committee Secretary, Lee Woodward, Jane Sutton and James Hodson; MEL Social Committee Chairman