Photo 1, L-R, Air ambulance paramedic Ben Clarke, Jean Heffer and Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa Manager Nick Bosse.
Photo 2, L-R, Jean and daughter Pauline having lunch at the Reflections restaurant
Photo 3: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, picks the winning ticket
A retired teacher from Chichester has won a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Ambulance’s Silver Jubilee.
Jean Heffer bought five tickets for the December 15th draw and was stunned when her name was picked out by Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard at the helicopter base.
She will now be swapping her four-year-old Renault Clio for a brand new Mini One kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury.
The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback 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.
Jean celebrated her win at a champagne reception and lunch at the luxury five-star Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa in Turners Hill where Paramedic Ben Clarke handed her the keys to the prize motor.
She said: “Funnily enough I was sort of thinking of changing my car in the Spring but the air ambulance has done it for me.
“As a member of the air ambulance’s lottery, I’ve bought raffle tickets for several years, just thinking it would be an extra contribution but never expecting to win.
“I didn’t even know there was a car to be won, I just assumed it was a cash prize. I had a Mini Traveller in the 1960s and my son had a Mini One a few years ago so you could say we love our Minis.”
Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle were sold throughout the year at shopping centres, supermarkets and various events and shows across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the grand total of £214,249 raised from the raffle is enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.
Paramedic Ben Clarke said: “We would like to sincerely thank everybody who purchased draw tickets and donated. We really do rely on the support of the public to enable us to continue our important work, and help people in their time of need.
“We extend our gratitude to Barretts of Canterbury who very kindly donated the car to the charity and supported the campaign throughout the year. Without this generous support, we would simply not have been able to raise these funds.”
Barretts of Canterbury is a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently has six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini which donated the prize car.