The Festive MINI is back and brighter than ever before, this year wrapped in 3,000 smart LED lights by creator Nicholas ‘Nico’ Martin and supported by MINI, to raise money for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK.
First started some four years ago, the MINI Electric is wrapped in 3,000 app-controlled twinkly lights, capable of generating customisable animations including light patterns and messages, and rhythms synced to your favourite song.
This year each individual light is available to sponsor for just £2, and to spread festive cheer and big love even further, Nico will be visiting as many streets as possible in his hometown throughout the festive period.
The official ‘switch on’ of the Festive MINI 2022 will take place at The Lexicon Bracknell, on November 25.
In December 2020, the illuminating car came to the rescue when Christmas switch on displays were cancelled due to lockdown, spreading much needed joy and bringing cheer and positivity to people on their own doorsteps, whilst also raising awareness and over £5,000.
Ahead of this year’s fundraising period, Nico said: “I am delighted to be bringing the Festive MINI back for 2022 to raise more money for charities that are really close to my heart. I love having the opportunity to cheer people up whilst raising funds for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK”.
“My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis seven years ago, and the MS Trust were instrumental in supporting her to understand her condition and how to cope. Back in 2019 I was asked to take the Festive MINI to surprise an incredible young boy, Marcus Rooks, who had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a genetic condition that causes degeneration of muscles. It was incredible to see his smile light up and a reminder that the Festive MINI is truly special and brings joy to many each year”.
The Festive MINI is being supported by MINI UK, helping Nico spread Big Love in his local area and beyond.
Nico added: “The continued support from MINI is amazing and its brilliant to have the team involved again this year – while driving a MINI Electric helps to reduce my emissions whilst driving”.
Federico Izzo, director of MINI UK said, “We are very proud to support the Festive MINI Electric again this year, helping Nico’s incredible fundraising mission. It is a fun and festive way to bring people together, spread big love and raise funds for some amazing charities.”