Wrapped in 2 000 smart LED lights, a Mini Cooper SE is currently on a joyful journey to spread festive cheer and raise money for a trio of essential charities.

Billed as “sen-sleigh-tional”, the project started “over” three years ago, with creator Nicholas ‘Nico’ Martin hand-wrapping his Mini in fairy lights. However, in 2020, Nico decided to bring festive cheer and positivity to people’s doorsteps while raising awareness for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK and Alzheimer’s Society charities. 

Nico Martin with his Mini Cooper SE.

Said Nico, “I’m so pleased to be back with the Festive Mini charity tour. I just knew last year I had an opportunity to cheer people up and raise funds for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK. Both charities mean a lot to me – unfortunately, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis six years ago, and in 2019 I was asked to take the Festive Mini to surprise an incredible young boy, Marcus Rooks, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“I realised that I had created something truly special”

“When I saw his face light up with so much joy and excitement, I realised that I had created something truly special. Ever since meeting him and learning about his condition, I’ve wanted to support him in any way I can.”

The LED lights can be customised.

Nico added: “I’m so grateful for the incredible support behind the project and the teams involved this year. The Mini Electric is even more exciting to drive and means all my trips on the tour are environmentally friendly and the app-controlled Twinkly lights with their amazing customisable animations really give the car a bit of extra magic. I can’t wait to get out on the road to spread some Festive Mini spirit and raise lots of money for the three charities!”

“We’re extremely humbled to be a part of Nico’s fundraising project with the Festive Mini Electric. It’s a wonderful idea that will bring people together, make them smile, and also raise funds for some amazing charities,” said David George, director at Mini UK.