Photo 2: Air Ambulance critical care paramedic Chris Fudge and Caleb Weller
Shoppers in Gillingham will get the chance this weekend to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Silver Jubilee.
The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.
The car will go on show at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday (May 23rd) and Sunday (May 24th) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.
The charity has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.
One of these patients was Caleb Weller who was just five years old when he fell out of a first floor window at his home in Gillingham.
His family were told by doctors that if he survived it was likely that he would be severely brain damaged but amazingly he went on to make a full recovery.
His mother Gemma, 31, said: “Without the air ambulance it would have been a completely different story and I owe everything to them.
“My message to people would be to buy as many tickets as possible and really get behind the air ambulance because they never know when they may need it.”
Air Ambulance Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.
“The need for our life-saving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”
Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.
The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently boasts six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini from where the prize car has kindly been donated.