Mini Run organiser’s drive to reach £500,000 for hospice

Terry Baker is hoping to hit the £500,000 mark before his 65th birthday. Picture: Sarah Howells

Terry Baker is hoping to hit the £500,000 mark before his 65th birthday. Picture: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Terry Baker is hoping to hit the half-a-million-pound mark for Children’s Hospice South West before he turns 65.

The Minis make their way through Combe Martin in 2013.

The Minis make their way through Combe Martin in 2013. - Credit: Archant

The man behind North Devon’s famous Mini run is aiming to reach the half-a-million-pound fundraising goal by the time he turns 65.

For 20 years, Terry Baker, 63, has been co-ordinating convoys of hundreds of Minis through the region on August bank holiday weekends.

Last year the Small Cars Big Hearts Mini tour raised £28,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

In total, Terry and Linda have helped raise around £420,000 for the charity.

Last year's Mini Grand Tour making its way through Bideford. Pictures: Graham Hobbs

Last year's Mini Grand Tour making its way through Bideford. Pictures: Graham Hobbs - Credit: Archant


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Terry said: “I have 18 months until I turn 65 and I really want to hit that half-a-million mark by then.

“People ask me what I will do then – well, start on the next half-a-million of course.”

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Terry was moved to start the Mini Grand Tour in 1995 when he had a call from the hospice asking if he could arrange for some Minis to visit for a sick child.

He brought 25 cars up to Little Bridge House – and the rest is history.

Terry said people come from far and wide to take part in the unique convoy.

He said: “I don’t think there is anybody who is not affected when they come to Little Bridge House.”

Find out more at www.smallcarsbighearts.co.uk

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