Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance doctor Fiona Reardon, Pilot Alasdair Auchincloss and critical care paramedic Stu Plumbley pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini.
Shoppers in Canterbury will get the chance next week 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 fog lights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.
The car will go on show at Whitefriars Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 30th, 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 Canterbury Fire & Rescue Station Watch Manager Mark Jones who suffered a cardiac arrest while playing rugby.
He was taking part in an end-of-season Family and Friends Day at Canterbury Rugby Club in May, 2013, when he suddenly collapsed.
He said: “Without the club’s defibrillator and the literally life-saving attention of the air ambulance and their dedicated team, the outcome could have been so much worse.
“Rapid transport by the helicopter to the William Harvey Hospital for emergency heart surgery has undoubtedly led to me recovering fully from the event, so much so that I was released from hospital five days later and was back at work after four months.
“The vital lifesaving service is of paramount importance to increasing the chances of survival of major trauma and heart attacks and I would urge everybody to contribute to the charity as you never know if the next person who needs their help could be a member of your family, a friend or a work colleague.”
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.
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.”