A seven-year-old Spalding boy, whose name is featured on a replica Disney cartoon car, has had a postcard from Mickey Mouse in recognition of his fundraising.
Jake Winkett helped raise the money needed to bring an adored replica Lightning McQueen Rust-eze from the film Cars back to life after it was destroyed by fire.
Then he and his mum, Julie, raised £370 at a fair to help sticker the new car with ‘Sponsored by the Community’ on the side.
The St Paul’s Primary School pupil was so thrilled to see the car back on the road and also featuring his name, he decided to write to the star of Cars to tell it all about it.
Jake sent his letter to Lightning McQueen at Buena Vista Studios in Walt Disney World in Florida at the end of August.
He wrote that he was Lightning McQueen’s biggest fan and that there is a car like it in the UK which he rides in and has his name on.
Julie said: “When we got a postcard back from Mickey I told him he’d got mail and he was so surprised, but a little disappointed it wasn’t from Lightning McQueen.
“I explained Lightning McQueen was a car and couldn’t write, so he was still excited.
“I was surprised he got an answer at all and he was really impressed and took it to school.”
The UK Lightning McQueen was the first of a number of replicas of the cartoon cars that tour the region, visiting children’s parties and charity events.
It was built by Michelle and James Barrow in memory of their son Dylan Cecil – a four-year-old who was swept out to sea at Burnham-on-Sea and for whom a memorial fund, raising money for charity, was formed.
Proceeds go to various charities and the NCTLC Trust that helps families with children who have a terminal illness.
Jake has already started a new fund to build a Mater replica – another Cars’ character – with £55 raised at a car wash.
Another fundraiser is being planned for after Christmas.
Julie said: “I am so proud of him.
“Jake’s only seven and yet he always thinks of others before himself.
“He’s invited a little boy with autism that he met at one of the fundraisers to ride with him in the Lightning McQueen at his birthday party.
“He’s such a good boy.”