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Mini club geared up to support care centre

Worcester Editorial 13th Jun, 2022

MEMBERS of a Malvern classic car club kept their pre-pandemic promise to return in style with a fund-raising cheque which ‘blew the doors off’ a town day care centre.

The Mercia Minis Car Club had visited Friends of the Elderly’s Malvern Day Care Centre after it was named their chosen charity for the year in March 2019.

However, before they could return the pandemic struck, meaning the group pulled the handbrake on their plans to hand over their charity cash.

But a group of classic, pristine Minis parked up at the centre recently to present manager Shirley Bradley with a cheque for £515.06.

The arrival of club chairman Viv Box – together with seven members – was the cause of great excitement amongst the day care centre clients.

The centre, which supports people living with dementia, ensured the immaculate vehicles took pride of place outside the building

“The classic cars are so iconic, they brought back many memories, even comments about the film, The Italian Job. Luckily, nobody asked for the doors to be blown off,” Viv said. “For us, as a local club ourselves, it’s really important to each and every one of our members to support and contribute to local charities, especially those like Friends of the Elderly’s Malvern Day Care Centre, which does so much and gives so much to the older members of our community.”

Shirley said the club would use the cash to purchase a large smart TV to use for a wide range of interactive and inclusive activities

“Throughout the unprecedented times caused by the pandemic, we had to close the centre in order to protect our clients, their families and the day care centre team,” she said.

“Together, our team worked hard to ensure the centre was Covid-wise for its reopening and it’s so wonderful to see all our clients back and enjoying themselves again.

“Meeting Vivian and the other members of the Mercia Minis Club really sparked interest amongst of our clients, with many sharing their own motoring stories and memories.”

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