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Southern Mini Owners Club (SMOC) celebrated its 30th anniversary year in 2016 by raising funds for charity at various Mini events. Club members chose certain charities that were close to their hearts and they have made several large, generous donations to local and national charities.

In June club members convoyed in their Minis to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for a privileged behind the scenes tour. A donation of £2,120 was made to contribute to rehoming 8,000 rescue dogs and cats a year. It was members Paul and Jo Gallagher who nominated Battersea as they have themselves homed several dogs and cats from Battersea.

In August, the club took part in a Mini Macmillan Run to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in the Kent area. The run began with cupcakes and refreshments courtesy of Mini Cooper Tonbridge. The convoy of Minis was waved on by locals while driving through beautiful Kent countryside on the one of hottest days of the year. The Minis and their drivers cooled off in the pubs en route, finishing at Wealden Hall Pub in Larkfield. Members Ann and Jim Black nominated Macmillan. The club’s donation of £2,000 will be match-funded by Utility Warehouse, resulting in a contribution of £4,000 to Macmillan.

More SMOC charity Mini runs will take place during the rest of 2016 and into next year. The club meets at 8pm on the first Wednesday of each month at The Wealden Hall in Larkfield and has announced plans to bring back its Southern Mini Days event in 2017. Find out more at www.smoc.co.uk