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 week’s Eastbourne Airshow Airbourne will get the chance to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s 25th anniversary.
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 display on the Western Lawns where visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw during the four-day show.
There will also be a bucket collection in aid of the air ambulance which 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 Eastbourne motorcyclist Paul Gape and his partner Emma, a pillion passenger, who were involved in a collision with a car in June.
He said: “I remember everything about the incident clearly, especially the amazing care we had from the emergency services at the roadside.
“One of the most comforting memories was seeing the air ambulance circle and land nearby and attendance from the specialist trauma doctor and paramedic.”
Emma had to undergo an operation and was in intensive care but has since made a good recovery and Paul is now back at work.
He added: “We had been out on a charity motorcycle event and it just goes to show no matter what you are doing or where it is you never know when the air ambulance might have to come to your aid. It is an amazingly vital lifesaving charity that is so deserving of generous support.”
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.”