Charities to benefit from ‘Our Humber Bridge campaign

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Thousands of calendars featuring the Humber Bridge have been donated to charity shops throughout the region by the businessman who came up with the idea of buying the bridge’s debt to slash tolls.

The Government last month approved a £150m write-down of its debt, which will see tolls halved next year.

Malcolm Scott, who put in one of three bids into the Treasury, said: “The Our Humber Bridge campaign was largely funded through the sponsorship and sales of calendars. Now that we have achieved most of what we were looking for – significantly reduced debt, substantially reduced tolls and a radical change in governance – we don’t need to raise any additional money for current needs.”

Over 3,000 calendars – which uses images by competition – winning amateur photgraphers – have been sent to charity shops throughout the Humber region, which will sell them for £5. Any surplus in the campaign coffers will be similarly distributed to charity.

Two hospices, in Grimsby and Hull, stand to benefit, as do shops in Barton, Hessle and Cottingham, among others.

The Government has left the decision over how to run the bridge in the hands of the Bridge Board and local authorities, but says it expects a “radical reform package”.