By: Justine Ryan
8th March 2022
M6toll recognises International Women’s Day with support to local Women’s Aid Charity
Midland Expressway Ltd (operators of the M6toll) are supporting Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid with a donation of £1,000 to support their food bank by providing essential food parcels and items to support women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse.
For over 40 years Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid has provided frontline domestic violence and abuse support services to women and children in the Birmingham and Solihull area. The charity believes no woman or child should live in fear of violence or abuse and to do so is a violation of their human rights. BSWA works tirelessly toward a future for all women, in which inequality, violence and abuse are no longer tolerated. They acknowledge the impact prevention and early intervention initiatives have on the long-term safety of women and children. They believe that all of society has a role to play in bringing an end to domestic violence and abuse and feel we need to stop asking the question ‘Why doesn’t she leave’ and their work to challenge entrenched views about domestic abuse is at the forefront of their campaigning.
Anna Fawcett; Income Generation and Corporate Relationships Manager said: “We were so pleased to hear the M6toll Social Squad had chosen to support women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. Families we are supporting have already been through so much: financial hardship, the loss of their home, moving schools, leaving work and this is on top of the abuse they experienced from their perpetrator. Offering emergency food and essentials has become increasingly important as cuts to benefits and the cost of living crisis have impacted on women on lower incomes, and since the pandemic this has sadly got worse. We are offering more food than ever and having this donation will take the pressure off, and give us a fund to use for when donations are thin on the ground. The Social Squad have done a fantastic thing, and their support will make a huge difference to families going into temporary accommodation or starting out afresh in their own home.”
Jo Brett, MEL Social Squad member added: “As an organisation we feel it’s important to recognise International Womens Day and everything it stands for. Through our In the Community scheme we wanted to support a local charity that supports women and enhances their lives and opportunities available to them. BSWA works tirelessly toward a future for all women, in which inequality is no longer tolerated, which is why we are so glad we can support this fantastic charity.”
For more information about Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid visit:
Midland Expressway Ltd’s (MEL) donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL’s Social Squad 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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