Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Asda raise £12,000 for air ambulance

Photo 1: Staff at Asda Folkestone pictured at the Win a Car raffle on Halloween

Photo 2: Asda staff pictured at the air ambulance base at Marden

Staff and shoppers at Asda stores throughout Kent and Sussex have helped raise more than £12,000 for the air ambulance.

Most of the funds were raised from the sale of raffle tickets to win a brand new car to celebrate the lifesaving charity’s Silver Jubilee.

The £15,000 red 1.2 Mini One has gone on show at stores in Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Folkestone, Gravesend, Greenhithe, Tunbridge Wells, Crawley and Eastbourne.

Supporters can still buy a ticket for next month’s draw online and next week (November 24th/25th) when the car will again be at Tunbridge Wells Asda.

Eight representatives from various stores were recently given a tour of the air ambulance base at Marden as they handed over a grand total of £12,145.

They raised more than £4,000 alone from in-store fundraising including bucket collections, tombolas the sale of air ambulance wristbands

Air Ambulance Head of Corporate Relations Julie Clare said: “We’re extremely grateful to Asda for allowing us to sell raffle tickets for the draw at their stores, and for raising such a substantial sum.

“Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the staff and customers have effectively helped potentially save five lives.”

The three-door hatchback Mini 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.

Tickets for the 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.

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