Photo: Association of Air Ambulances patron Sir David Jason
Visitors to this weekend’s Darling Buds Farm Classic Car Show will get the chance to meet the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance crew and win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate the lifesaving charity’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 be at the show on Sunday, July 5th, when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw and there will be a visit from the air ambulance between 12pm and 3pm – subject to callouts.
Now in its 20th year, the show last year featured more than 900 classic vehicles at the farm in Bethersden where hit 1990s TV series The Darling Buds of May was filmed, starring Sir David Jason as Pop Larkin.
Association of Air Ambulances patron Sir David said: “I’m delighted that the Darling Buds of May is remembered in this way and for such a worthy cause. I have very special memories of the wonderful television show set in such a lovely part of the country.
“We had a lot of fun making it and I hope that all the visitors to the car show also have fun and enjoy the surroundings as I did.
“Something else close to my heart is the work that the air ambulance team does in the area which is immense and not enough of us know how important their role is in emergency rescue in difficult circumstances.
“I hope that the weekend is a huge success and the work of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance team is rewarded for their 25 years of hard work and dedication. As Pop Larkin would say – here’s to a ‘perfick’ day.”
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.
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.”
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.
The organisers of the Darling Buds Classic Car Show, the Rover P5 Alive Club, have raised more than £50,000 for the air ambulance in the last 20 years.
This year’s show, also in aid of Demelza House Hospice, will feature Pop Larkin’s yellow Rolls Royce, gun dog displays, arena events and traditional children’s rides. For more information call 01233 226110 or go to www.darlingbudsfarm.co.uk The address is Buss Farm, Bethersden, Kent, TN26 3EQ.