BRACKNELL's iconic Christmas car is back to spread joy during the festive season.

For the past three years, Nicholas 'Nico’ Martin, has wrapped his MINI car in thousands of twinkly fairy lights in a bid to spread magic on the roads.

Last Christmas, Nico managed to raise more than £5,000 for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK whilst making people smile during the pandemic.

Dubbed as the 'festive MINI', the car will now be embarking on a tour across the UK to spread Christmas cheer.

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Its first public appearance will be at The Lexicon on Thursday, November 25.

Nico said: “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 also to raise funds for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK.

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"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.

"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.”

This year, Nico has introduced a guest charity spot taken up by Alzheimer’s Society and he has rallied support from MINI UK, Festive Lights and Italian smart lighting company Twinkly, to up the voltage on his project and make it bigger and better than ever, with an aim of raising as much money as possible for the three special causes.

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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!”

David George, director of MINI UK said, “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.”