Heli-Mini takes flight!

Car enthusiasts are being asked to show their support for a fundraising project that’s taking off in the Midlands.

Flight crew at Midlands Air Ambulance are transforming a rusty 1-litre blue Mini Neon into a supercharged ‘Heli-Mini’ to be used as a promotional tool at events and schools across the region.

To be able to complete the project the Heli-Mini team is launching an urgent appeal for much-needed parts, most importantly an A+ series 1275cc Austin engine.

Dr Ben Clark, Heli-Mini creator, says: "We have already had numerous items donated to the project but the very heart of Heli-Mini is still missing! If you have a suitable unwanted engine lying around at home and want to see it back in action then please donate it to the project!"
Bringing Heli-Mini to life are flight doctor Ben Clark, pilot Matt Wood and flight paramedics Ian Jones and Ivan Burgess. 

The re-vamped Mini will help raise awareness of the charity through an LED television screen (located in the back of the car) showing footage of Midlands Air Ambulance in action.

Found unwanted in a friend’s garage, the run-down vehicle is being fitted with a new sub frame, bucket seats and adjustable ride height sports wheel arches before getting a complete re-spray in the red and yellow signature colours of the Midlands Air Ambulance helicopters. 

"Our aim is to raise awareness of Midlands Air Ambulance by taking Heli-Mini on a tour of the region. The charity provides a life-saving service to people across the Midlands everyday and we want to help spread the word," added Dr Clark. 

Seat belts, a new battery and bumpers are just a selection of parts needed before Heli-Mini can roll into your neighbourhood. If you have any parts you would like to donate please email helimed369@midlandsairambulance.com and the crew will arrange collection. Monetary donations can also be made to the Heli-Mini project. For the full wish list see below.

The Heli-Mini wish List…

•    A+ series 1275 cc Austin Engine
•    Cylinder head
•    Upgraded starter motor
•    Gearbox components 
•    New radiator hoses
•    Alloy calipers
•    Vented discs
•    Braided hoses
•    Adjustable geometry steering
•    Adjustable ride hide suspension
•    Alloy wheel with tyres
•    New body panels
•    New battery
•    New front sub frame
•    Alloy drums
•    Roll cage
•    Bucket seats
•    LED screens 
•    Sound system
•    Two pack paint – red and yellow
•    Seat belts
•    Window seals
•    Windscreen wipers
•    Finishing strips
•    Bumpers



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