Photo: Neil and Samuel Akers
Visitors to Brighton Bikers’ Night tomorrow (Tuesday) will get the chance 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 the Brighton Bikers’ Night on Madeira Drive between 7pm and 9.30pm when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.
Bikers are the road user group at highest risk on the roads of Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the ambulance has helped and saved hundreds of them among more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.
One of them was father-of-one Neil Akers from Horsham who was involved in a collision with a car at Devil’s Dyke six years ago.
He suffered multiple injuries and had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side before being flown to hospital but has since made a full recovery.
He said: “I’ve experienced at first hand the fantastic work of the air ambulance which receives no government aid and relies almost entirely on donations.
“Without this dedicated team of professionals I wouldn’t be here today to see my son grow up.
I would say to bikers to do what they can to support this cause because you never know when you may need them.”
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 lifesaving 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.”