Photo 2: John Crockford
British Superbike fans will get the chance this weekend 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 foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.
The car will go on display on Saturday (July 18th) at Round 6 of the British Superbike Championship at the circuit where fans 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 these was British Superbike ace John Crockford who suffered multiple injuries following a 130mph on the Brabham Straight at Brands.
He was given emergency treatment at the trackside by the Brands Hatch Medical Centre and the charity helicopter’s doctor and critical care paramedic before they flew him to the Royal London Hospital.
Doctors at the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre gave him just a 20 per cent chance of survival and he spent 17 days in intensive care but has since made a full recovery following the crash in 2011.
He said: "I cannot thank the air ambulance enough - without them I would not be here today. The extent of my injuries meant I would not have survived a journey by road.
“I have been riding and racing motorcycles all my life; it's my passion, but you never know what could happen around the next corner to yourself or loved ones."
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.”