As you all know, Oliver Lewis, a dear friend to many of us, was involved in a tragic accident on the A308 on Sunday morning, in which he was killed.
As you all know, Oli was nearing the end of building a Mini, a project which has taken him some 3 years so far, and taken up all his spare time and money.
Oli went way beyond what most people would be content with, and insisted that EVERY single aspect of his mini would be perfect.
We would go to his workshop at weekends to work on the mini, and when I was ready for bed, Oli would insist we move into the workshop, and carry on working.
We were often in the workshop until 2-3am, WAY past my bed time. Oli loved every second of it, you could see from his face, every bit of progess on the mini just made his eye light up, he truly lived for that mini. Finishing it was his all consuming passion, and it was going to be one of the most incredible cars ever built.
Tragicly, after 3 years of hard work, and more money than I care to think of, Oli has been taken from us, just months before the projected completion of his Mini. We had aimed to have it finished and road worthy in time for the Riviera Run, in May 2008.
Oli would often come round to my house, just as I was going to bed, and stay for hours, just chatting about his plans for the mini, it was such a personal thing to him, parts of it I liked, parts of it I didnt, but it all worked together to create Olis dream, which I intend to honour, in every last detail
Having spoken to Olis parents, we have agreed that I am going to take charge of the project, and ensure that his mini is finished exactly as Oli planned it.
Oli had already purchased almost all the parts, he just needs a few more small things to finish the car off, and a considerable amount of metal work by Matt Tupman, and finally, the painting of the car. I estimate we will need around ï¿½3000
Today, I went to the bank, and setup a new account in my name, specially for the mini fund. The account remains in my name because it was easiest to setup. Setting up an account totally seperate from my own would have involed letters, groups of people, and considerable time.
I have setup a savings account, complete with a solo card so we can mail order components should we need to. Once i recieve the solo card I will link the account to my paypal account, so funds can be transfered direct into the mini account.
Many people said in previous threads that they would be willing to donate some money to the finishing of Olis mini, so now is your chance guys! If just half the people who have replied to the threads gave ï¿½5, we could raise ï¿½2000.
So, to all those who feel touched by Olis work, all those who have taken ideas from his creative side, to all those who knew him, and all those who feel that finishing Olis mini is a worthwhile cause (I can think of no greater tribute to the life of a truly special person). Please help us in any way you can, to finish off Olis mini, and do him justice. It doesnt matter how much you can donate, give what you feel is right. Every pound helps, it really does, and if Oli has left even 10% of the lasting impression on you guys, as he has on me, I know you will help. I want to do right by my friend.
For those people wishing to make donations via paypal, please send funds to [email protected], I will link the new account to my paypal ASAP and transfer the funds direct.
For those with internet banking, who wish to transfer funds directly into the MINI account, the details are as follows:
*EDIT, please PM 'prawn' for details*
The account is under my name, so for all those wishing to donate by cheque, please make cheques payable to myself; Nick Vaughan, and send them to;
58, Empshott Road
I will also arrange for a MINI FUND collection to be held at Olis funeral, so for all those able to attend, please see me next Friday.
All those wishing to show their support physically helping me in the building of this amazing car, I look forward to working with you.
Once again, thank you to everyone for all the incredible support you have shown. I look forward to working with many of you during the final stages of building Olis mini.
Thanks guys, i cant imagine getting through this without you all.
Edited by Prawn, 31 August 2008 - 07:53 PM.
bank account details removed