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Company's mini operation for charity

PUBLISHED: 21:18 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

IT was hardly a 'mini' operation when a Felixstowe business decided they wanted to get involved in raising money to help those affected by the World Trade Centre disaster.

IT was hardly a 'mini' operation when a Felixstowe business decided they wanted to get involved in raising money to help those affected by the World Trade Centre disaster.

The team at Anglia Forwarding pulled out all the stops when they were asked for their help in transporting a mini car, named the "New Yorker Mini Morris" to the US to raise money for the World Trade Centre Police Relief Fund."

Thought up by Cambridgeshire businessman Mark Nolan, the aim was to donate the mini for auction to boost funds.

But it is not just an ordinary Mini, as this one as the stars and stripes sprayed on the roof and the Manhattan skyline sprayed along the side.

In order to get the car to the other side of the world, Mr Nolan of Bank Garage in Christchurch, Cambridgeshire, called their freight forwarder, Anglia Forwarding, based at Trelawny House in Felixstowe.

Manager Steve Round was on the case straight away, calling his shipping partner in New York to get the ball rolling.

In all around seven companies were involved in the charity stunt and in a completely unique case the Customs duty was even waived.

Mr Round said: "Anglia Forwarding has shipped many cars to the USA on behalf of Bank Garage but this Mini car was a bit more special

"When our client called and explained what he wanted to do we were more than happy to assist them."

Mr Round added that they were as shocked as anybody at the American disaster and that their American partners Carnisco International Express were deeply affected by it.

One of their import managers lost his brother who was helping to evacuate the burning towers.

Rick Mosher, vice president of Carnisco said: "When things seemed darkest and we were still struggling to cope with the catastrophic after effects of the attacks on our business and personal lives, we received a call from Steve Round.

"It was like a ray of sunshine."

The sale of the car raised $6,600 (around £4,000) for the relief fund and was bought by a former police chief from Chicago, Giuseppe Capece, who lost friends during the rescue effort.

Brains behind the idea Mr Nolan said they had watched the second plane plummet into the skyscrapers and as much of their business was done with America, they had to do something.

He said: "We have had so many emails from people who had lost people and just saying thank you for caring 4,000 miles away.

"We want the money to perhaps by a bucket for a digger to move all the rubble.

"If we knew we had done that we would be very humbled."


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