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
Motorists 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 Clacket Lane Services off the M25 on Wednesday (June 24th) and Thursday (June 25th) when visitors and passers-by can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.
About half of the air ambulance’s callouts are to road traffic collisions and the pilot, doctor and paramedic have helped thousands of people and saved many lives in more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.
One of them was former lorry driver Kevin Williams, 57, who suffered multiple injuries when his vehicle jack-knifed on the A21 bypass near Sevenoaks.
He had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by the helicopter crew before being flown to hospital but has since made a full recovery following the accident two years ago.
He said: "I never thought that I'd need the services of the air ambulance and hadn’t given it much thought until the day of my road accident.
“Now I know how important they are. I cannot thank the crew enough for the care I received and the calm and very professional treatment during my trip into hospital.”
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.”