Monday, 25 June 2012

Pilot picks lucky winners in Air Ambulance Draw

A Horley mother is planning a trip to Australia to see her son after winning the top prize of £5,000 in Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance’s Mid-Summer Draw.

Retired accounts clerk Patricia Mackrell was planning to dip into her savings to fund the trip later this year but now has some extra spending money.

She was already a member of the life-saving charity’s fundraising lottery when she bought £30 worth of tickets for last Thursday’s draw.

Mrs Mackrell, who used to work for Virgin Airlines at Gatwick, was delighted when her winning ticket was picked by Pilot Captain Kevin Goddard at the helicopter base.

She said: “When the lady from the Air Ambulance called to say she had some good news I thought I’d won £50.

“When she said I’d won the first prize I didn’t know what to think, I was expecting her to ring back and say it was a mistake. I’ve never won as much as that before.”

Mrs Mackrell has previously won two runner-up prizes of £25 in the charity’s regular lottery which she joined two years ago.

In the mid-summer draw, Mr J. Senneck, from Horsham, won the second prize of £1,000 while Miss E. Morrish, (Polegate) won the third prize of £250.

Five further runner-up prizes of £50 went to Miss Irene Stanford (Chatham), Mrs R. Loughlin  (Gillingham) and Rochester residents Mr L.Crisp, Ms J.Crisp and Mrs O. Dodd.

This year’s Mid-Summer Draw raised more than £143,000 in ticket sales and donations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance which relies almost entirely on public donations.

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