Photo, L-R: Big Motoring World Handout Manager Phillipa Ward, Dr Simon Wood, Pilot Craig Redman and Big Motoring World Marketing Manager Tayo Ajet.
A West Malling BMW car dealership has raised enough funds to help Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance save two lives.
Each call-out of the charity helicopter costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum of £4,994 donated by Big Motoring World will fund two potentially life-saving missions.
The money was raised from the pre-owned BMW specialist’s Big Mission Weekend during the August bank holiday.
For all 48 cars sold by Big Motoring World, which also has branches in Canterbury, the firm donated £100 to the Air Ambulance and some staff generously donated their commission.
Owner Peter Waddell said: “Customers are not just buying a car, they’re contributing to saving someone’s life tomorrow."
“I’m no stranger to the costs of running a helicopter as the company owns a Eurocopter which plays a pivotal role in the company’s growth strategy.
“I’m also well aware of the vital role that the Air Ambulance plays in saving lives throughout the South East. Big Mission Weekend was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the charity and to help the service continue.”
Big Motoring World Handout Manager Phillipa Ward became the weekend’s first customer by buying a BMW1 Series Coupe herself and last week visited the Air Ambulance base with Marketing Manager Tayo Ajet to present their cheque.
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has so far attended 1,236 missions in 2013 and is due to start night flying later this year.
Head of Corporate Relations Cheryl Johnson said: “This was such a great fundraising idea and we are extremely grateful to all the team at Big Motoring World and their customers for their very generous support. This donation really will make a difference to the charity’s life-saving work.”