'Taylor‐made’ support from M6toll

Staff from Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) visited the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington recently to present them with a donation towards their Bereavement Club expansion.

MEL are proud to offer their support to the Hospice, donating £1,000 to their Bereavement Club expansion which aims to reduce social isolation among recently bereaved older adults who feel intimidated to venture into their local community.

John Taylor Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care to people in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Both at the hospice in Birmingham and in the local community, that care is ‘Taylor‐made’ to the individual. The hospice has been providing expert care since 1910 and in 2011 became an independent social enterprise – the first of its kind in the UK. Today more than 600 people and their families will receive the care they need from John Taylor Hospice. That care may involve 24‐hour care at the hospice, day services, counselling and well‐being and a range of specialist services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and complementary therapies.The astounding work of the hospice and their most recent project was highlighted to the MEL Social Committee by MEL employee Lynda Burford who experienced first‐hand just how invaluable the support from John Taylor Hospice is.

Lynda said; ‘’The John Taylor Hospice has provided me and my family with such comfort and support through extremely difficult times, the care they have shown has been invaluable to us all. The donation from MEL will allow the Hospice to continue the amazing work they do caring for people across the region.’’

Art therapist Jed Jerwood, who is a member of the hospice’s Well‐Being Team, said: “Both at the hospice in Birmingham and in the local community, our care is ‘Taylor‐made’ to the individual. Today more than 600 people and their families will receive the care they need from us. “It costs £14,000 every day to run all of our services, so donations such as this are extremely important. We’re very grateful for this generous contribution and would like to say a big thank you to Midland Expressway Limited.”

MEL’s donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL's Social Committee work closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the 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 email d4c@m6toll.co.uk

IMAGE (Left to right): Helen Cotter Spiritual Care Lead, MEL Employee Lynda Burford, Lynne Kenny In‐Patient Unit Ward Manager and Dr Louisa Nelms.