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Donation for autism centre provides vital new facilities.

STAFF from Midland Expressway Ltd visited Nether Stowe School in Lichfield after providing vital funds towards new equipment needed for their Autism Resource Base.

Staffordshire County Council offers enhanced support to a small number of children and young people with high functioning autism in resource bases in secondary schools.

The resources are placed within mainstream schools, but are managed and staffed by members of the Autism Outreach Team.

The resource bases provide additional support for up to six children and young people aged between 11-16 at each school. They access mainstream curriculum, with support from specialist teachers and communication support staff.

To assist the school with their ongoing commitment to young people, MEL, operators of the M6 toll, donated PS500 towards new equipment such as seating, lighting and consoles which will form part of a future renovation to the Resource Base.

Paul Parry, systems maintenance manager at MEL, said: "This donation means a great deal to me as my daughter was supported by staff from the Resource base at Nether Stowe School.

"I was delighted to hear that our social committee had chosen to support the school following my recommendation.

"MEL are extremely keen on supporting projects in which the local community can benefit."

Mike Burke, resource teacher at Nether Stowe School, said: "The generous donation from the M6 toll will provide a welcome boost to the students accessing the resource.

"Being able to offer our students a calming and relaxing environment is essential and the M6 toll's generosity has enabled us to enhance our unit to meet their needs."

The 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 PS20,000 Drive for Charity fund over the next 12 months.

The 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.

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| Ruth Poppleton, headteacher at Nether Stowe School (right), Carol Willatt, |communication support worker at Nether Stowe School (centre), and Paul Parry, MEL social committee member

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