Monday, 13 July 2015

Doctor wins £1,000 in air ambulance lottery

Photo: Air Ambulance lottery winner Dr Clark

A retired doctor from Maidstone has won the £1,000 jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.

Dr Derek Clark, 80, decided to support the lifesaving charity after serving as a volunteer for St John Ambulance’s Aeromedical Service.

He signed up to the Regular Lottery and Superdraw two years ago after reading about the Marden-based Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)

The grandfather-of-two thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he received a call from the air ambulance telling him he had landed the top prize in the midweek Regular Lottery draw.

He said: “It was a bit of a surprise and a bit of a shock because I don’t win anything. I’ve never won anything more than a bottle of wine in a raffle or £25 in Premium Bonds.

“I’ve got a birthday coming up at the end of the month so we’ll go out for a nice meal to celebrate. The air ambulance is an essential service and it’s important to support the work they do.”

Dr Clark visited the helicopter base this week to pick up his cheque and kindly donated some of his winnings back to the charity.

He was keen to meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic, having served a technical adviser to the air attendant service of St John Ambulance which flew more than 500 missions, repatriating patients from areas such as the Far East, Australia, and North and South America.

The forensic odontologist was also involved in the Zeebrugge ferry disaster, the Piper Alpha oil rig fire and the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

The air ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount. To join the lottery go to http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/give/howtojoin or call 01622 833833

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