Anthony Ellis is generously donating a renovated Austin Maestro van as a grand draw prize for this year’s Pride of Longbridge rally, hoping to raise valuable funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance charity and the Pride of Longbridge group. 

Anthony, whose brother Darren had to rely on Midlands Air Ambulance in 2009 after being involved in a road traffic accident in Northfield, decided to put his passion for repairing classic cars and vans to good use by using it to raise money for the charity that helped save his brother’s life.

Anthony explained: “The entire family is extremely grateful to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and this is my way of paying thanks to the aircrew who undertake life saving missions, like Darren’s, every day. In addition, I want to support the organisers of the Pride of Longbridge show, which attracts over many former Rover employees, their families and the wider community.”

Anthony has been spending all his spare time  lovingly restoring the van to its former glory, before proudly displaying and raffling it at the Pride of Longbridge show, which takes place on Saturday 18th April 2015 in Cofton Park, Longbridge. 

Adam Williams, regional fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, commented: “Anthony’s support is incredible, he’s admitted this will be a labour of love and will take him over 100 hours to complete, but the outcome will be fantastic as someone is going to win a van and raffle ticket sales help fund ten air ambulance missions across the region – there’s no greater result than that.”

Pride of Longbridge has taken place at Cofton Park in Cofton Hackett for the past nine years, and was designed to bring the local community, car enthusiasts and ex-workers back together for a positive, fun-filled day, following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005.

Event organiser, Gemma Cartwright MBE, said: “Each year Pride of Longbridge has continued to grow. It’s the only event of its kind to attract all the Longbridge related / MG and Rover appreciation clubs across the world, and we proudly attract people who have a connection to Longbridge from as far as Australia. Alongside Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, we are extremely grateful for Anthony’s support, which will help towards the future and projects for the following years.”

Raffle tickets cost £15 each and are available on the day. If you wish to get your tickets early, or can’t make the event you can send £15 (inc. the cost of a stamp if you wish to receive by post) by PayPal to 

£10 from each ticket sold will be donated to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, while £5 will be donated to the Pride of Longbridge event. 

The first prize is a fully restored Austin Maestro van, second prize £50, third prize £25. 

For more information about Midlands Air Ambulance and how to purchase your raffle tickets, please contact the team on 0800 8 40 20 40 or email

Pride of Longbridge 2015 event details:

  • When: Saturday 18th April from 10am
  • Where: Cofton Park, Lowhill Lane, Longbridge (opposite MG Motor). 
  • Who: MG / Rover / Austin enthusiasts, ex workers and families, local community, all ages
  • Cost: Free

If you have a car with any link to the Longbridge plant you are invited to take it on the park. Other visitors should park off site.  



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