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Morris club’s driving force for charity

Marilyn Cook and her 1951 Morris Minor Convertible. She is a member of a morris minor group that meets in Spen once a month who have raised money for Help for Heroes. (d23031249)

Marilyn Cook and her 1951 Morris Minor Convertible. She is a member of a morris minor group that meets in Spen once a month who have raised money for Help for Heroes. (d23031249)

A CLASSIC car club has raised more than £1,000 for the Help For Heroes charity.

The West Yorkshire branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club, which boasts members from all over the county, raised the money over the last year during its monthly meetings.

The cash was presented to an official from the charity when the group met at Cleckheaton Sports Club.

Club secretary Marilyn Cook, of Scott Green Crescent, Gildersome, said the club picked a charity to support every year and was pleased that they raised so much for Help For Heroes.

“The members supported the charity through raffles, tombolas and collections at Morris Minor rallies,” she said. “At events, we put a bucket under the bonnet, so when people poke their heads in to have a look, they can put some money in the bucket.”

Mrs Cook and her husband own a 1951 Morris Minor convertible.

She said the club had been going for nearly 32 years.

In 2010 the club raised money for Macmillan Nurses, last year it was Help for Heroes and the members are now raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The cars still evoke happy memories for members of the club, although the models ceasing production in 1971. The most well-loved models were the Morris Minor Series of the early 50s.

“We do try to get young people involved in the club as well, but the cars were very popular in the 1960s,” added Marilyn. “Anyone who remembers that time will know someone who had one. The cars have not lost their appeal over the years.”

Meetings are on the last Wednesday of each month at the sports club.

 

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