Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has raised the prize fund in its 2012 Mid-Summer Draw with one lucky winner guaranteed to scoop the jackpot of £5,000.
The draw will take place on June 21st with the runner-up receiving a second prize of £1,000. And there will now be a third prize of £250 followed by five further prizes of £50, making a total prize pool of £6,500.
The life-saving charity’s 2011 Christmas Draw raised more than £170,000. Each call-out by the helicopter costs about £2,500, so the sum raised was enough to potentially save 68 lives.
Head of Lottery Katie Underdown said: “Our raffles are a major part of our annual fundraising plan which help to raise the £5million needed each year to keep both helicopters operational.
“Relying almost entirely on public donations, it is through the incredible generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue to provide this essential service to everyone living, working and travelling in the counties every day.”
This year’s Mid-Summer Draw was launched by 250cc British Grasstrack Champion Craig Drury, from Sevenoaks, who was saved by the Air Ambulance following a racing incident at Collier Street last September.
He said: “We would be truly grateful if you could do a little extra to help the Air Ambulance by purchasing or selling raffle tickets.
“Your support means that they can continue to help many more people like myself in unexpected and traumatic circumstances. It is through kind donations and funds raised from draw tickets that enabled the Air Ambulance to save my life.”
Raffle tickets cost just £1 each in books of 10 and can be ordered by calling 01622 833802. The closing date for the draw is June 14th.