A GROUP of Mini enthusiasts raised more than £2,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation by hosting a mini's show.

The 'Under the Mini Moon' charity car event in Brent Knoll on August  saw more than 1,000 people enjoy a weekend of cars and entertainment. 

Gary Taylor, organiser of the event said he was thrilled to see the event be so popular. 

"We had a really successful year, it was better than anyone envisaged. 

"We had 120 minis at the event and about 1,000 in foot traffic coming onto the site. 

"All of the drivers who brought their mini's along really enjoyed our cruise through Somerset. 

"We drove down the A39, cruised through Cheddar and then came through Burnham-on-Sea High Street and back to our base at Brent Knoll.

"We had live entertainment and traders at the event and it was nice to see that the event was a social thing and not just about cars.

"We raised £2,730.20 for the Make A Wish Foundation and we couldn't be happier with the result."

The cheque was presented at a ceremony at Westerly Mini in Bridgwater on September 6 and representatives from the Make a Wish Foundation and Westerly Mini smiled as the total was announced. 

Westerly Mini supported the event for its first year and announced that due to its success it will be partnering with Under the Mini Moon for future events. 

Sam Smith from Westerly Mini said: "As the local MINI centre it is our pleasure to have a long lasting deal with the Under the Mini Moon event.

"For us, it is important to remember the past as well as embrace the future, and by doing this it brings our Mini Communities closer as well as supporting a charity which provides such an important boost for those who need it.

"This year we supported the event by bringing some of our most innovative cars along, as well as a great trade stall for enthusiasts to grab a bargain.

"Next year we hope to bring a lot more to the show with the absolute pinnacle in our vehicles being there."

Gary said plans are already coming together for next year's event and said he hopes to make it double in size. 

"Next year we want to make this into a weekend event. 

"We hope to double the amount of mini's attending and hope to achieve 3,500 on foot traffic. 

"Sedgemoor FM have already pledged their support and will be with us next year and we already have 18 traders booked for the event. 

"We are excited for next year's event and will continue to fundraise for the Make A Wish Foundation."