Nursery Today magazine

Mini adventure

The Italian Job is an annual European touring event started in 1990 from a passion of the classic 1969 movie of the same name.  Minis of all different shapes, sizes, age and colour go across Europe on a 10 day driving adventure with a twist!

Ian and Sue, owners of The Baby Barn Pram & Nursery Centre based in Warwickshire decided to have a little bit of fun whilst raising money for “Variety” the Children’s Charity, take a look at their website, who support disabled/disadvantaged children in the UK. 

The Italian Job team ( are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and have so far raised £2.3 million and would love to achieve £3 million this year - many Sunshine Coaches have been purchased and they hope to be able to raise enough money to purchase a few more this year!

They decided to take part as although this meant they would be involved with wheels of a different kind - (hopefully less stressful!) - they felt as they were in a business so closely connected with children this would be an amazing opportunity to have a lot of fun  whilst knowing children will benefit too!! 

Ian and Sue left on the 20th October from Dover with at least 30 other Mini Teams and met up with the remaining teams in Italy to take part in the touring event which also included three days of Timed Trials – causing a bit of worry as they weren’t allowed Sat-Nav, starting from the Dolomite mountains of Trentino to the Alps of Piemonte, visiting the cities of Trento, Modena and Turin.  Then going through an off the beaten track through wine growing areas and finally testing their driving skills at Modena Autodrome, Grand Prix Circuit of Monza plus a spin on the Lingotto roof test track too! 

Never wanting to miss an opportunity to promote the business and car safety – Ian and Sue thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for some of their car seat suppliers to advertise on Sue’s car - a big thank you to BeSafe, Recaro, Mamas & Papas, Chicco & Rainbow Designs who have already sponsored or donated toys for the orphanage village they visited. 

Ian and Sue have a personal target to raise a minimum of £1500 so If anyone would like to support this charity donations can be made on their Just Giving page by following this link or please get in touch by calling me on 01926 634704 or via Sue’s email address


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