The Morris Minor Owners Club 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon car has complete its epic journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End, taking 30 days to travel while visiting all 65 branches of the MMOC during the run as well as calling in on a number of trade partners and significant locations relevant to the car and its history.
These included a visit to the Cowley complex where the car was built in 1963 and a courtesy visit to the previous owners of the car who donated the vehicle to the MMOC for charity fundraising purposes.
Throughout the run, the car and the MMOC branches were raising money for Marie Curie. In addition to the stops mentioned above, the car also visited the nine Marie Curie hospices across the UK.
Speaking at the completion of the run MMOC secretary, well known author and Morris Minor historian Ray Newell welcomed the overwhelming success of the marathon drive: “We are really proud of what our Morris Minor marathon car has achieved. Everywhere the car has gone over the last 30 days, the interest in the run has been huge. We’ve been greeted by mayors and civic dignitaries, we’ve had slots on local TV and radio and a huge amount of coverage in the local press. We couldn’t be more pleased.
“The Charity Marathon was conceived to enable us to recognise the efforts that our members have made, over the last 40 years, to make this club what it is today. The spirit of the club in the regions has been recharged by the marathon and across the UK the overwhelming sense coming through, even at this early stage, is what’s next?”
Welcoming the successful completion of the marathon, Mark Winton, Head of Community Fundraising UK at Marie Curie said: “We want to send our warmest congratulations to the MMOC on the successful completion of their amazing fundraising efforts this September, the money raised will help provide care and support to people living with terminal illness and their families. Everywhere the car has visited, our local volunteers, area fundraising managers and hospice managers have all been heavily involved in supporting the MMOC in planning and delivering the event and we have enjoyed every minute of working with them.”
A special event will be held at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham on Sunday 13th November at 3.00pm when it is planned to hand over a presentation cheque to Marie Curie revealing the total amount of money raised during the marathon and MMOC grand prize draw.