Photo:: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedics Sloane Philips and Lewis Price, Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini.
Visitors to this weekend’s Bexhill MotoFest will get the chance to win a brand new car 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 foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.
The car will go on display at the festival on Sunday (July 26th) 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 them was Bexhill High School teacher Philip Edkins, 47, who suffered a cardiac arrest four years ago.
PC Sarah Ellis carried out CPR for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived and the air ambulance flew him the specialist coronary unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Kent.
Philip has since made a full recovery and completed a five-mile run for the air ambulance while PC Ellis received an outstanding frontline service award.
He said: “I owe the air ambulance my life, without them I would not have survived. It is thanks to them, PC Ellis and the paramedics that I was able to have life back, it's that simple. We need to support this essential service in every way we can."
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.”