Updated: Toyota raises more than £1.1 million for BBC Children In Need

UPDATE (25/11/20): Toyota is delighted to reveal that it has raised more than £1.1 million for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. The sum was achieved through numerous fundraising activities by individual Toyota centres nationwide and the popular text-to-win prize draw (detailed below) for a Toyota Proace Matino camper van, provided in association with Wellhouse Leisure.


The text-to-win Campervan and Staycation Goodies prize draw proved hugely popular. The prize included a Proace Matino four-berth campervan, created by Wellhouse Leisure, worth £49,000, along with everything needed to enjoy an amazing staycation (kayak, bikes, surfboards and even sledges), as well as access to campsites, theme parks and wildlife attractions.

Toyota and award-winning camper van converter Wellhouse Leisure have donated a new Toyota Proace Matino camper worth almost £50,000 to this year’s BBC Children In Need fundraising telethon.

Proace Matino

Toyota Proace Matino

The Toyota Proace Matino is a compact, four-berth camper van with a luxury specification for road trip holidays at any time of year. It offers a well-equipped kitchen with fridge, sink and gas cooker, a rear seat that unfolds to become a double bed, a pop-up roof containing another double bed, a programmable heater to keep the interior warm and cosy all year round, plus an 80W solar panel to keep its leisure battery charged if camping off-grid.

Proace Matino

The movable ‘rock and roll’ rear seat creates plenty of room for people, luggage and outdoor kit. It can be slid forwards to maximise load space and bring passengers nearer to the front, and when camping it can be moved backwards to maximise living space. A sociable lounge can be created by swivelling the front seats around to face inwards; and for an added touch of luxury, all seats are upholstered in durable leather.

Designed by Wellhouse to handle duties as both a daily driver and weekend adventurer, the Proace Matino is modestly sized (4.95m long and 1.98m high with the roof down) in order to fit in most car parks and parking spaces. To make travelling even easier, the specification includes satellite navigation, air conditioning and a powerful 120bhp, 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine.

Proace Matino

How to win the camper van

If you like the look of the Toyota Proace Matino camper van, then it will be given away as a prize in a text-to-win competition during the BBC Children In Need appeal, running from 9-15 November 2020. It is the headline prize in a package that also includes membership with the Caravan and Motorhome Club for one year, plus 12 weekend breaks (two nights for up to four people) for a holiday every month!

This fantastic prize will feature in the BBC Children in Need programme on Friday 13 November at 7:00pm.


  1. There is no doubt, you can directly give it away if you have children, I don’t need it, they need it more, If one day I have a chance, I’ll buy Toyota Hylux from you, Thanks a lot and good luck.

  2. I would love to win the new pro ace Matino camper and have just donated. Last month I took delivery of the fantastic new Yaris design hybrid and am loving it!

    1. Hi Phillip,
      Thanks both for getting in touch and your donation to Children in Need, and congratulations on your new Yaris!
      It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying it, and we wish you many happy journeys.

  3. I always try to support Children in Need and this ear I have done it throughToyota. I think this a great way to encourage people to support Children In Need. Thank you Toyota.
    P.S. I love my Auris Excel

    1. Hi Heather,
      Thanks for getting in touch and for your lovely feedback.
      It’s great to hear that you’re still loving your Auris! How long have you had it?

  4. We have just purchased the new Toyota Yaris Excel Hybrid what a super car it thinks for itself, so easy to drive and so many wonderful features. Donated to Children in Need and would love to win the camper van.

    1. Hi Catherine,
      Congratulations on your new Yaris, and thanks for choosing Toyota! We’re so pleased that you’re loving your new car.
      We wish you many happy miles, and good luck with the Children in Need competition!

  5. We sold our campervan last year so this one would be very much appreciated and would look good parked next to our Toyota Avensis T Spirit

  6. What a wonderful way to raise money for such a worthy cause, I donated on 13.11.20, with gift aid too.
    I bought my first Toyota in 2008 and every car since.
    Love my Toyota

    1. Hi Jo,
      Thanks both for your comment and your loyalty over the years – it’s very much appreciated!
      Which Toyota model are you the proud owner of currently?

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