Big day looms for the 'Macmillan Minion'

Family Fund-raising Fun with the Macmillan Minion and his friend's at Old Holly Farm, Garstang. Pictured is Todd Shimell, Bob Thompson, Luke Angel and Dale Smith. Photos: Neil Cross.
Family Fund-raising Fun with the Macmillan Minion and his friend's at Old Holly Farm, Garstang. Pictured is Todd Shimell, Bob Thompson, Luke Angel and Dale Smith. Photos: Neil Cross.

Almost £2,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support thanks to the hard work of the people behind the ‘Macmillan Minion’.

The cartoon character-inspired banger, which has gone viral over social media and appeared on leading north west news shows, is travelling 1,400 miles to Spain next Sunday.

Minion with triplets Neve, Isla and Jessica Livesey, aged five

Minion with triplets Neve, Isla and Jessica Livesey, aged five

But before the big day, the yellow and blue Ford Focus and its team have been taking part in a number of fund-raising activities for Macmillan.

The team of four from Preston and Garstang – Todd Shimell, Bob Thompson, Luke Angel, and Dale Smith – descended upon Old Holly Farm north of Garstang in Cabus last Saturday where they raised an extra £277 for the cancer support charity.

Todd, who has housed the Minion car in his Brake-Fit garage in Fulwood, said: “It was a brilliant day. We had a raffle with lots of Minion goodies up for grabs that had all been donated for the kids.

“We’re not far off our £2,000 target now. We’re up to around £1,600 on the JustGiving page with Gift Aid and with other donations we’re nearer eighteen, nineteen hundred.”

Penny Shimell

Penny Shimell

Todd and the team also took the Minion car to a family fun day at Brook Tavern in Plungington on the Sunday, and have one more event planned with Todd’s daughter Penny.

Todd said: “I’m visiting my daughter Penny’s school next Thursday in the school car park for all the kids to have a look at the car before we set off on the Sunday.

“We’re really excited, the team can’t wait. The car is looking great and the lads are coming tonight [Thursday] to fit a radio and CD player and do a few final checks.”

The team will set off at 6am on Sunday, May 13, from Todd’s garage and aim to arrive in Benidorm within four or five days.

Minion with Paul and Ginger

Minion with Paul and Ginger

“We’re hoping to get to Birmingham for 9am where a big group of us will set off south,” Todd explained.

A total of 32 cars from across the county are taking part in the rally to Benidorm, called TJ’s Rally Elite.