Tuesday, 1 November 2016

MP airlifted following bonfire accident

Photo, L-R: Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, MP Gordon Henderson, paramedic Caroline Rose and Dr Yasmin Kapadia

An MP is raising safety awareness in advance of Bonfire Night after he was airlifted by the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in July 2016, following a bonfire accident.

Gordon Henderson, Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, arrived at Sheppey Community Hospital having suffered 30% burns to his body whilst lighting a fire with a small amount of petrol.

Due to the seriousness of his burns, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance crew were called to the scene. Following assessment and treatment by their medical team, he was then airlifted to the trauma unit at Tunbridge Wells Hospital for further treatment.

He was later transferred to the specialist burns unit at Queen Victorial Hospital in East Grinstead, spending ten days there.

Mr Henderson has since made a good recovery and visited the charity's Marden base on Friday 28th October, four months on from his accident. He met Paramedic, Caroline Rose and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard who attended to Mr Henderson on that day, and made a personal donation to the charity.

Speaking ahead of Bonfire Night this weekend, Mr Henderson said: "To anybody out there who is in the habit of using petrol to start a bonfire, or is tempted to do so in the future, I would urge you to resist such temptation. Never use petrol on bonfires. I am so grateful to all those who cared for me in hospital and to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. This experience has really brought home to me the absolute importance of this charity."

Mr Henderson was flown to Pembury in just 15 minutes – a journey that could have taken an hour by road.

As part of National Burns Awareness Day on 19th October, the charity helped to raise awareness of burns and the importance of administering the right first aid. Find out more here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/burns-and-scalds/pages/treatment.aspx

To make a donation to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance or to find out more about the charity, go to: www.kssairambulance.org.uk

 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Shoppers raise £1,534 for the air ambulance

Photo, L-R: A shopper at Waitrose Worcester Park with charity volunteer Shaida Dorabjee

Shoppers at Waitrose in Worcester Park helped to raise more than £1,500 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Stone Place store last week (20th and 21st October).

A motorist who was airlifted after a road traffic collision was among the supporters who helped to raise a grand total of £1,534.46 in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini Draw.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming at the charity, James Cook, said: “We are really grateful to Waitrose in Worcester Park for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support.”

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients even faster to hospitals such as St George’s Hospital in London, which is featured on the TV programme 24 Hours in A&E.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Every little helps to raise £1,972

Photo: The convertible Mini Cooper promotional vehicle at Tesco Caterham

Shoppers at Tesco in Caterham contributed almost £2,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Guards Avenue store last week (October 5th and 6th).

They then watched as their Redhill-based aircraft landed at a nearby park after being called to a man injured in a fall.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth handsfree function with USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming at the charity, said: "We are really grateful to Tesco in Caterham for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their huge support."

A dog walker who was airlifted after breaking her back was among the supporters who helped to contribute a grand total of £1,973.59 in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini raffle.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AgustaWestland AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Every little helps raise £1,712

Photo: L-R: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic Adam Ormrod and Dr Ed Clitheroe

Shoppers at Brooklands Tesco raised more than £1,700 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Barnes Wallis Drive store last month (September 23rd and 24th).

A grand total of £1,712.30 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the Redhill-based air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Tesco Brooklands for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their huge support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational later this month.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Run the Surrey Half Marathon to help save a life

Photo: A Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance runner

Runners are being encouraged to sign up for the 2017 Surrey Half Marathon in aid of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The charity has 50 free places available, presenting a fantastic opportunity for those who want to triumph a personal achievement, whilst raising funds to help the charity continue its life-saving work.

Next year's event includes a new 5km run and a children's 2km fun run alongside the half marathon, meaning there is something for people of all ages to get involved in!

Challenge Events Manager for the charity, Steph Holgado, said: "We are a charity relying almost entirely on donations, so events such as the Surrey Half Marathon are absolutely vital in ensuring we can continue to help the most critically ill and injured patients in the region.

"Taking on a challenge event such as the Surrey Half Marathon, coupled with raising funds for such a good cause, is a fantastic achievement – so get in touch today to secure your place and join our team! We will support you all the way, and be there on the day to cheer you on and congratulate you at the finish line!"

The half marathon is set in the scenic country roads surrounding Woking and Guildford, and is a great event for experienced and first time runners.

Steph was joined by runners, organisers and the Deputy Mayor of Woking at the launch of the Surrey Half Marathon at Woking Leisure Centre earlier this month (14th September).

Thousands of runners are expected to take to the streets on 12th March 2017, with more than 500 signed up so far.

To register for the event with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance or for more information, get in touch with Steph Holgado on 01622 833833, or email teamkssaat@kssairambulance.org.uk

Monday, 19 September 2016

Air ambulance lottery winner

Photo: Kevin Weston

A kitchen fitter from East Grinstead jetted off on a holiday to France, and then landed more than £18,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery.

Kevin Weston, 61, joined the life-saving charity's Regular Lottery and Superdraw when a representative called at his home three years ago.

He thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he won a grand total of £18,786.24 in the mid-week draw with lucky numbers 8, 14, 15 and 28.

Kevin had just left the UK for a three-month break at his holiday home in France when he won the jackpot, and found out the good news a month later.

He said: "I was shocked when I heard I'd won and thought it was a wind-up! I used to think I was one of  the un-luckiest people in the world because I'd never won anything.

"I overspent whilst doing work on my property in France so the first thing I did was pay off my credit card."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000. 

For an extra £1 per week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000.

Kevin added: "The air ambulance does a wonderful job and it's there when people need it the most. It's a necessity."

To join the air ambulance lottery, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833833

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Shoppers raise £1,941 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteers Stewart and Pamela Boyling at Tesco Lewes

Shoppers at Tesco in Lewes raised almost £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Brooks Road store last week (August 30th, 31st and September 1st).

A paraglider who was airlifted from Mount Caburn was among the supporters who helped raised a grand total of £1,941 in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Tesco Lewes for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk The draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Airborne and Arndale raise £5,000 for air ambulance

Photo: The air ambulance's Win a Mini promotion at the Arndale Centre

Visitors to Eastbourne Airborne and the Arndale Centre raised more than £5,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the air show and at the Arndale Centre last month.

A grand total of £5,006.40 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to the organisers of Eastbourne Airborne and the Arndale Centre for again giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised is enough to fund two potentially life-saving missions."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Holmbush shoppers raise £2,299 for air ambulance

Photo: The air ambulance's Win a Mini promotion at the Holmbush Centre

Shoppers at the Holmbush Centre in Shoreham raised more than £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Upper Shoreham Road centre last month (August 22nd – 24th).

A grand total of £2,299.60 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to the Holmbush Centre for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk The draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Shoppers raise £1,887 for air ambulance

Photo, L-R: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic Adam Ormrod and Dr Ed Clitheroe

Shoppers at Waitrose in Paddock Wood raised almost £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the Marden-based charity sold tickets for the draw at the Church Road store on July 29th and 30th.

A grand total of £1,887.52 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Waitrose Paddock Wood for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk The draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Comedy night for air ambulance

Photo: Comedian James Dowdeswell

A TV comedian will be the headline act at a comedy night in Eastbourne next month (Saturday 15th October) which is raising funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

James Dowdeswell, from BBC's Russell Howard's Good News, has also appeared on Celebrity Deal or No Deal with Jimmy Carr, Ricky Gervais' Extras and Greatest Olympic Moments.

He will be appearing at the Strand Hotel, also known as the Hilton Royal Parade Hotel, alongside 2013 BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist Jake Lambert, and Brighton based up-and-coming talent Josh Dillon.

Jake was also a runner-up in Reading Comedy Festival's New Act Competition and is described as "an abundance of quick puns, clever wordplay, strange thoughts and short stories".

Josh delivers wry observational comedy with a deadpan style based on real life and personal experiences as a probation officer.

The comedy night in aid of the air ambulance is being organised by Eastbourne-based entertainer Jim Grant of OiOi Comedy.

Jim is a professional stand-up comedian who regularly plays at top London clubs, has presented shows on Sky TV and made several appearances on BBC Radio.

He said: "I spend many an hour driving the length and breadth of the country so I'm only too well aware of how many road accidents the air ambulance is called to."

James and Jake have previously appeared at the Senlac in Battle and will be at the Strand Hotel on Royal Parade, on Saturday 15th October, when doors open at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10, or £12 on the night, and can be booked at www.wegottickets.com/event/373632

 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Rotary president's bike ride for air ambulance

Photo, L-R: Air ambulance doctor Richard Lyon, Simon Kroner and paramedic Adam Ormrod

An Ashford cyclist is gearing up for a 460-mile bike ride from Edinburgh to London next month in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Ashford Rotary Club President Simon Kroner will set off from Buckingham Palace on September 17th and will be aiming to reach Edinburgh Castle in just five days.

The 51-year-old civil servant has already completed 1,000 miles in training and will be joined on the ride by friend James Bellingham.

Simon chose to support the air ambulance during his year as president following a presentation from one of the charity's volunteers.

He said: "I have always been impressed by the service that the air ambulance provides for people in their hour of need. They have no Government funding and rely on donations from the public.

"The service they provide for the sick and injured and in getting them to hospital rapidly cannot be underestimated.

"The two accidents that the air ambulance attended at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey just reinforced my desire to support them as much as possible.

"Fortunately, I don't know anyone who has been airlifted but I have seen the helicopter in operation a couple of times.

"I was out on a ride once when I saw a cyclist come off and break his collarbone and because of his rural location, he needed the air ambulance."

Simon and James will pedal all the way from London to Leicester (114 miles) on the first day of the Edinburgh to London Cycle Challenge, flanked by Simon's wife in a support vehicle.

On day two, they will be aiming to reach Tadcaster near York, followed by Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales (day three), Langholm on the Scottish border (day four), and finally Edinburgh Castle.

In 2001, Simon successfully completed a 300-mile bike ride from Lands End to Ashford over five days.

He added: "The bottom line is that I know I can go out and do 100 miles at the drop of a hat but it's doing 100 miles on five consecutive days that is more challenging.

"I recently did 400 miles in four days just to become accustomed to such a big ride."

Simon has so far raised £280 of his £1,000 target and can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-kroner1

 

Villagers in charity helicopter push for air ambulance

Photo: The helicopter which villagers will push for 24 miles over two days

A team of intrepid fundraisers are to embark on a painstaking challenge this weekend to push a 1.5tonne helicopter for 24 miles, in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Stroke Association.

Sandhurst Charity Push Team will enlist the help of 40 volunteers as they snail through nine villages in 30 hours.

The push is to be held on Saturday, August 27th, and will start in Tenterden High Street before passing through Rolvenden, Newenden, Northiam, Staplecross, Ewhurst Green, Bodiam, Hawkhurst and then finishing in Sandhurst on Sunday.

The team is being led by Adam Kerry who, with help from his friends, organises fundraising events every two years in memory of his late father, Tony Kerry.

Tony himself organised similar events including pushing a trailer from the Houses of Parliament to Sandhurst.

Adam said: "We've pushed a boat, a tractor and now we're reaching for the skies. This time, it's a helicopter – well, a full-size sculpture of one.

"The team will be made up of around 40 volunteers from in and around the Sandhurst area."

Sandhurst Charity Push Team have so far raised £3,962 including Gift Aid and can be sponsored at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/helicopterpush where family and friends have left messages of support.

Ross, who donated £50, wrote: "Good Luck Craig! - two excellent causes, although I expect if I tried to push a helicopter 24 miles, I'd probably need the services of both charities you're supporting!"

Two years ago, the team raised £21,000 for Stroke Association and Cancer Research by pushing a tractor. In 2012, they raised £11,000 for Stroke Association by pushing a boat.

 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Rye Jazz & Blues Festival announce more fantastic music events

Photo: Cuban band Kandela Mi Son

This August Bank Holiday weekend the streets of Rye come alive with the sounds of top class blues, jazz, Funk, Fusion, Cuban and Jive. Bring the family and soak up the wonderful vibrancy of the best music this side of New Orleans and experience the fun of the festival and the wonderful heritage of Rye.

The festival's official charity partners are the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Ian Bowden, the festival director said: "We are delighted to be working with this fabulous charity and we are asking people to make donations over the festival weekend at the many free music events."

For more information about the trust please go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk

Headline concerts for Mica Paris the UK Queen of Soul and Jazz singers Liane Carroll and Joe Stilgoe are selling fast but there are still tickets available so be sure to book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

The festival kicks off on Thursday 25th August with three superb events. Phil Law local pianist is joined by friends from 7.00pm at the Standard Inn mixing their unique blend of jazz, Blues and Rock n Roll.

A very special free music event at the Kino Cinema outdoor stage takes place on Friday 26th August from 7.00pm with Sky Arts Guitar Stars, Blues guitarist and finalist Steve Morrison and Jazz Fusion guitarist and winner of the 2016 Guitar Star Zayn Mohammed who also performed at Latitude Festival earlier this year.

The organisers are thrilled to be able to include these two amazing performers which have kindly been sponsored by Pizza Express Live. For lovers of top class Blues and Jazz this evening of music top class music is a must to attend so make that special journey to Rye Friday night!

Other exciting announcements include Dorset based multi – award winning blues singer Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion performing at the Kino Cinema outdoor performance stage on Saturday 27th August and on Sunday 28th August London based Cuban band Kandela Mi Son will be performing their vibrant blend of Cuban music guaranteed to get you and the family dancing. Headlining Sunday 28th August will be the Fabulous Red Diesel the Hastings based funk band that will get you into the groove with catchy originals and edgy retro funk.

The Butter Market below the Rye Town Hall plays host to outstanding free music performances from the Louis Turpin Blues Trio on Saturday 27th August at 3.00pm. New Orleans Jazz maestro's Dom Pipkin and his band the Ikos will transport you to Bourbon Street on Sunday 28th August at 1.00pm and on Monday 29th August, Brighton based Paul Richards and his Latin Guitar Trio will get your hips swaying to the coolest Latin sounds with catchy Bossa Nova's and Sambas.

The outdoor Kino Cinema performance Stage and the Butter Market will create a wonderful atmosphere within the heat of Rye where there will be a fully licensed bar serving the best local beers and wines including the 'Jazz Top' festival pale ale and all of your usual favourite tipples. Amazing Street food will also be available serving up delicious Cajun Jambalaya and the mouth-watering BBQ cuisine and face painting for the kinds!

Come to Rye this Bank Holiday weekend and have an amazingly fun weekend.

For more updates go to the festival website www.ryejazz.com to see the full line-up of ticketed and free music events.

 

 

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Saddle up for Canterbury Bike Ride

Photo: Cyclists at the air ambulance's Double 100 Cycle Challenge last year

Cyclists are being urged to sign up for the Canterbury Bike Ride in aid of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance next month (Sunday 25th September).

The ride starts and finishes at Canterbury Rugby Football Club with a choice of three routes – 85 miles, 55 miles or 25 miles.

The benefitting charities are the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Wheelchair Rugby and the Kent MS Therapy Centre.

One of the riders will be Canterbury Fire Station's Watch Manager, Mark Jones, who was airlifted three years ago.

He is aiming to complete one of the distances with his colleagues, having previously entered the event two years ago.

Mark, 51, was playing at Canterbury Rugby Football Club when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest, but has since made a full recovery.

Mark, from Eastry, was taking part in an end-of-season friendly match between players and coaches

when it happened.

Colleagues and off-duty friends from the emergency services began CPR and used the club's defibrillator five times, to shock Mark's heart into re-starting after it had stopped for 15 minutes.

The air ambulance landed on the pitch and the charity's doctor and paramedic put Mark into an induced

coma, before airlifting him to the William Harvey Hospital.

Mark underwent surgery at the specialist coronary unit to clear a blocked artery and had a stent

fitted. He has since made a full recovery and helped to raise more than £5,000 for the air ambulance.

Mark said: "Without the immediate first aid and CPR undertaken, the early intervention of the defibrillator and the rapid transport to a specialist  coronary unit, the outcome could and more likely would have been a lot worse.

"I am eternally grateful for the services and specialist medical care given to me by the fantastic staff at the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance."

The Canterbury Bike Ride has been sponsored by Barretts of Canterbury, Sally Hatcher Estates, Clague Architects, Dynamix Accountancy, Lenleys and Bang & Olufsen. To register, at £25 per person, go to www.canterburybikeride.co.uk

 

Biddenden Vineyards raise £24,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Visitors pictured at last year's Taste the Best of Produce in Kent

Biddenden Vineyards celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Taste the Best of Produce in Kent food day, raising enough funds to help the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance potentially save nine lives.

Biddenden, Kent's oldest family-run vineyard, has been supporting the life-saving charity since the launch of its annual festival of food and drink.

In that time, they have raised a grand total of £24,210 for the charity, including £4,620 from this year's event (despite the rain!).

Biddenden Vineyards owner and director Sally Barnes said: "Despite the fact that it was a very, very wet and miserable day, we had the same number of visitors as in previous years and consequently were humbled by the local support."

Visitors to Taste the Best of Produce in Kent were given the chance to meet, taste and buy from over 40 producers of cheese, game, chutneys, sauces, pies, herbs, fudge, liqueurs, beers and honey and much more. This year the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch also had a selection of small animals for children to interact with.

They were also given the chance to win a new car in the charity's Win a Mini draw, which raised £885 alone.

Head of Corporate Relations for the charity, Julie Clare, said: "Biddenden Vineyards is a much-valued supporter and we are extremely grateful for their longstanding support."

 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Double joy for air ambulance lottery winners

Photo: Door-to-door lottery representative Mike Stevens and Superdraw winner Ray Spicer

A retired couple from Folkestone who won more than £6,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery were presented with their cheque by the door-to-door lottery representative who signed them up.

Ray and Pat Spicer joined the life-saving charity's Regular Lottery and Superdraw just three months ago.

Their £8-a-month subscription paid off when they won a grand total of £6,303.24 in last week's draw with random lucky numbers 7, 28, 34 and 35.

The couple are now planning to spend their winnings on a holiday to Italy to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary, with further trips planned to Costa Brava and Gran Canaria.

Amazingly, their win came on the same day that Ray won £630 on the races at Glorious Goodwood.

He said: "When the air ambulance called to say we had won some money, I thought it would be one of the smaller prizes of £25. My jaw dropped and I was speechless when I was told how much.

"We are shocked to have won because we've only been in the lottery for three months and never expected to win that amount.

"We support the charity because my brother-in-law was once airlifted after a shop sign fell on him whilst walking down the street – none of us know when we may need the services of this life-saving charity."

Retired forklift driver Ray, 65, and former factory worker Pat, 68, were at their home in Holly Close when lottery representative, Mike Stevens, called at their door in May.

Pat said: "He was very polite and we didn't find him intrusive at all. In fact, I'm really glad he called because otherwise, we wouldn't have won! I would encourage more people to join the lottery because it's such a great cause, and people really do win."

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "The charity is heavily supported by ordinary people who give a small amount each week, but it makes a huge difference. Mike was delighted to meet Ray and Pat again, and deliver their winning cheque to them personally."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000. 

For an extra £1 per week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000.

To join the air ambulance lottery, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833833.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Shoppers raise £2,459 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteer Roger Leonard at Waitrose Horley

Shoppers at Waitrose in Horley raised more than £2,400 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the Redhill-based charity sold tickets for the draw at the Victoria Road store last week (July 12th – 14th)

A grand total of £2,459.90 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Waitrose Horley for again giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised will effectively fund a potentially life-saving mission."

 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Shoppers raise £1,436 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteer Paul Skelley at Tesco Gillingham

Shoppers at Tesco Gillingham raised more than £1,400 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the Marden-based charity sold tickets for the prize draw at the Courteney Road store last week (July 6th, 7th and 8th).

A grand total of £1,436.93 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini raffle in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford who are supporting the year-long campaign.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Kent Air Ambulance was launched at Rochester Airport in December, 1989, and has attended more than 25,000 callouts since then.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Tesco Gillingham for allowing us to promote the Win a Mini raffle at their store, and to the public for their support."

 

Eggs take off for Co-op customers

Photo: Hoads Farm Commercial Director Adrian Potter

A pioneer in free range eggs, Hoads Farm, has launched into 37 local Co-op stores across Sussex, with every purchase seeing 1p donated to the local air ambulance charities.

Hoads Farm Finest Quality Eggs began a partnership with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and London's Air Ambulance charities in May 2014. It has raised £35k for the causes to date.

Fully accredited to the BEIC Lion Quality farm assurance and food labelling scheme and RSPCA Freedom Foods Welfare standards, Hoads Farm believes its strong quality and welfare values are a 'natural fit' with the Co-op.

Adrian Potter, Commercial Director of Hoads Farm, said: "The Co-op has made its name for being at the forefront of responsible retailing and has a strong Food Ethical Policy around farming, so it's a natural home for our eggs."

Judy Naylor, Co-op's Divisional Ranging Manager – South, said: "Upholding strict welfare standards and investing in the promotion of best practice is something the Co-op takes pride in. As a local trusted retailer, sourcing the very best local produce is part of our DNA. Eggs are one of our key staples, and customers want to know hens are well-cared for."

Established in 1978 in East Sussex, Hoads Farm helped forge the growth of commercial free range egg production. Today, it features some of the most up-to-date production and packing facilities, while placing welfare and environmental conditions far higher than is required by law.

The British Free Range Egg Producers' Association says reducing stress in hens improves performance. Hoads Farm, part of a family-run business, takes its hen-welfare so seriously, it has even played them hits by Ed Sheeran to help them relax, having previously played classical, jazz and Justin Bieber tunes to them.

Judy said: "As well as such high quality eggs, we believe customers will prefer to buy a product that also supports vital charities in our area. Air ambulance charities save lives, so we're really proud to be partnering with Hoads Farm."

Adrian added: "We believe in giving back to the communities we live and work in, and are passionate about building strong corporate, social and environmental responsibilities into our business. We are quite unique in that we have never compromised our values having only ever sold genuine free range eggs."

Eggs are one of nature's most perfectly balanced foods, containing all the protein, vitamins and minerals essential for good health.

 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Shoppers raise £3,313 for air ambulance

Photo, L-R: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic Adam Ormrod and Dr Ed Clitheroe

Shoppers at Sainsbury's in Worthing raised more than £3,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Lyons Farm store earlier this month (June 13th – 18th).

A grand total of £3,313.58 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Air ambulance Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Sainsbury's Worthing and the public for their support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised will effectively fund a potentially life-saving mission."

 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Three Peaks beckon for Canterbury four

Photo, L-R: Mark Jones, James Chipchase, Tim Smith and Nick Parsons

Four friends are to embark on a charity challenge next week (June 27th) to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - in just 24 hours.

The team will be led by Canterbury Fire Station Watch Manager Mark Jones who is helping to raise funds for three charities , CLIC Sargent, Martha Trust and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after he was airlifted three years ago.

Mark was playing at Canterbury Rugby Club when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest.

The 51-year-old rugby coach has since made a full recovery and is now preparing to oversee the Three

Peaks Challenge on Monday to raise funds for the life-saving charity.

He said: "Without the immediate first aid and CPR undertaken, the early intervention of the defibrillator and the rapid transport to clinical care at a specialist  coronary unit, the outcome could and

more likely would have been a lot worse.

"I am eternally grateful for the services and specialist medical care shown to me by the fantastic staff at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance."

Mark will act as a manager, driver, chef, first aider and general motivator and will be joined by Tim Smith who will also be raising funds for the air ambulance after his son Jake  was airlifted following a life-threatening cycling accident seven years ago.

James Chipchase will be supporting  CLIC Sargent while Nick Parsons has chosen Martha Trust. The team, all in their 50s, will be aiming to ascend and descend  Ben Nevis, Scaffell Pike and Mount

Snowdon in just one day.

Mark, from Eastry, was taking part in an end-of-season friendly match between players and coaches

when he suffered a cardiac arrest in May, 2013.

Colleagues and off-duty friends from all emergency services began CPR and they used the club's defibrillator to deliver five shocks before his heart re-started.

The air ambulance landed on the pitch and the helicopter's doctor and paramedic put Mark in an induced

coma before flying him to the William Harvey Hospital.

Mark underwent an operation at the specialist coronary unit to clear a blocked artery, he had a stent

fitted and has since made a full recovery.

He has previously raised £3,705 for the air ambulance from an auction, raffle and coffee morning and

Tim Smith and his wife Zoe have also raised more than £5,700 for the charity.

The team has so far raised £2,105 of their £3,000 target for this challenging event and can be sponsored

at www.justgiving.com/teams/chimps 

 

Air Ambulance to retain Redhill base and Marden HQ

Photo: The air ambulance’s new hangar at Redhill Aerodrome

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) will retain its two current sites for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations following the unforeseen offer of a new, larger hangar at its existing base at Redhill Aerodrome.

Previously, in December 2015, the Charity submitted a planning application for the development of a new hangar, for its two helicopters, and ancillary office space at Old Hay Airfield near Paddock Wood. At that time, this was the most appropriate solution to enable the Charity to overcome a number of operational deficits affecting the efficiency of its operations.

Subsequently, in February 2016, the Charity was approached by Redhill Aerodrome Ltd. (RAL), about the potential availability of a large hangar, known as Hangar 10, which can accommodate current and future operational needs and has sufficient space for training requirements. This proposal has recently been confirmed following the decision of the previous company occupying the hangar to vacate and the subsequent acquisition of the hangar by RAL.

Another fundamental factor in the decision to withdraw the original planning application and progress with Redhill, is an arrangement with the Charity’s aviation partner, Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), which currently carries out all its heavy maintenance at its Gloucestershire Airport HQ. SAS has been considering a corporate helicopter maintenance base in the vicinity of London for some time, and has decided that co-location with the Charity in Hangar 10 at Redhill Aerodrome is an ideal fit for its future business plan.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Charity, said: “Everything the Charity does centres on what is best for the patient. We have a duty to ensure that all opportunities which affect the long-term sustainability of our service are carefully considered, so that we can continue to be available for, and reach patients who need us.

“I’m thrilled that these plans have now been confirmed and that the Charity’s long-term resilience and sustainability that we so keenly sought through our original plans, will be fulfilled by having the Charity’s aircraft garaged and maintained at Redhill. Our helicopters will continue to deploy routinely from both Marden and Redhill, and the night service will continue as normal from Redhill.

“The co-location with SAS is a momentous step forward for us. Mechanical support is vital for keeping our aircraft online and despite the use of relief helicopters and having field engineers in the area to support our operation, there has always been some resultant down time.

“Having SAS at Redhill will allow for a resident engineer on-site with immediate access to spares and other technical support. This will help to maximise aircraft availability which will further benefit our many patients.

“Trustees have also long been acutely aware of the levels of risk involved in any new build project and have always sought to mitigate these to the greatest extent possible; an established facility which carries no such risks, is therefore highly attractive.

“Developing a new base obviously costs a great deal of money, so as a Charity, reliant almost entirely on charitable contributions, we were duty bound to consider this new proposal from RAL, especially as it is a significantly more cost-effective option.”

The Charity will maintain its headquarters at Marden and is in the process of acquiring sufficient extra land to allow it to expand its helipad to operate its new aircraft from the Kent site; the larger and faster AW169. It is hoped that this will be completed by early 2017. The Marden based fundraising arm of the Charity’s operation will also be unaffected.

Work will shortly be underway to prepare Hangar 10 at Redhill Aerodrome for the arrival of the new AW169 helicopter in the late summer.

For more information, visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk/future

 

Air ambulance is Charity Partner for Surrey Classic Bike Ride

Photo: Cyclists pictured at the start of last year's Double 100 Cycle Challenge at Redhill

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has been selected as the charity partner for the Surrey Classic Bike Ride, taking place on Sunday 26th June 2016.

The event, sponsored and supported by Allianz, offers something for cyclists of all ages and abilities with three different routes (25, 60 or 100 mile), covering the beautiful Surrey countryside.

Jamie Cheshire, the life-saving charity's Press, Media & Marketing Officer, is taking part having previously cycled in the charity's own Double 100 Cycle Challenge event, which is not being held this year. Jamie is hoping that other previous Double 100 cyclists will join him for the Surrey Classic Bike Ride instead, which is set to be a fantastic event.

Jamie said: "Working for the air ambulance, I see every day the difference our life-saving crews can make. None of us ever know when we may need the air ambulance as we go about our daily lives living, working and travelling in the counties."

There is fun to be had for the whole family on the 25-mile route, while the more hardy cycling enthusiasts who want a bigger challenge, can take on the 60 or 100-mile routes. The start and finish venue for the 2016 event will again be the stunning Horsley Park, a magnificent grand Victorian mansion built in 1828.

Registration closes on Thursday 23rd June 2016. Those taking part in aid of the charity can benefit from a discount of the registration fee by using promotional code code SCAA16.

Cyclists can still register at www.surreyclassicbikeride.co.uk  

 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Shoppers raise £5,169 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteer John Dyne

Shoppers in Burgess Hill raised more than £5,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at Market Place Shopping Centre last month (May 23rd – 28th).

A grand total of £5,169.90 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford who are supporting the year-long campaign.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Air ambulance Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are extremely grateful to Market Place Shopping Centre for allowing us to come back for a second year to promote the Win a Mini raffle, and to the public for their fantastic support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the amazing sum raised again this year will effectively fund two potentially life-saving missions."

 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Roger De Haan Charitable Trust funds life-saving equipment

Photo: An AutoPulse

Cardiac arrest and heart attack patients are to benefit from a new life-saving piece of equipment carried by the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) is to take delivery of an AutoPulse – an automated, battery-powered chest compressor, following a £5,000 donation from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.

The support pump has a load distributing band which squeezes the entire area of the chest rather than pushing on a single spot, which is the case with manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation and some automated CPR devices.

It automatically calculates the shape, size and resistance of each patient's chest, giving them the best treatment.

Air ambulance Assistant Director of Operations, Richard de Coverly said: "In effect, the AutoPulse can function as an extra pair of hands, allowing the doctor and paramedic to perform other life-saving procedures.

"This has the potential to improve the likelihood of survival and recovery and will also allow us to transport more people on the helicopter who are either at risk of cardiac arrest or who are in cardiac arrest.

"This piece of equipment could be the difference between life and death for the seriously sick and injured people that we attend."

Director of Income Generation, Lynne Harris said: "We are incredibly grateful to the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust for their very generous donation to fund this life-saving piece of equipment.

"Without the support of grant-making trusts, individuals, businesses and groups across the region, we simply could not continue our vital work for the benefit of the community.

"The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has supported the charity for a number of years and we are so grateful for their continued support."

 

Shoppers raise £2,762 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteer Bryan Mayfield and patient Bob Morgans

Shoppers at Marks & Spencer in Tunbridge Wells raised more than £2,700 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Fountains Retails Park store last week (May 17th, 18th and 19th).

Among the customers were former patients Bob Morgans, from Southborough, who survived a cardiac arrest, and former school minibus driver Les Garrett, from Tonbridge, who was involved in a road traffic collision.

A grand total of £2,762.81 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the Marden-based air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford who are supporting the year-long campaign.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Staff at Marks & Spencer chose the air ambulance as their 2015/2016 Charity of the Year and raised a grand total of £5,068.

Air ambulance Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Marks & Spencer Tunbridge Wells for allowing us to come back for a second year to promote the Win a Mini raffle, and to the public for their support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised again this year will effectively fund a potentially life-saving mission."

 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Hammers fan hits jackpot

Photo: Superdraw winner Ann Inward

A retired bank worker from Crawley who won more than £12,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery has donated her winnings to charity.

Ann Inward, from West Green, signed up to the life-saving charity's Regular Lottery and Superdraw at her local Sainsbury's store two years ago.

She thought nothing more of her £8-a-month subscription until she received a call telling her she had won the top prize in the Superdraw.

The West Ham fan won a total of  £12,244.68 with lucky numbers 1, 3, 34 and 35 which she could use to buy 13 top-of-the range season tickets at the Hammers' new Olympic Park Stadium.

However, she very kindly donated her winnings back to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and the RNLI.

She said: "I was surprised to win and it put a big smile on my face for a couple of days because you don't think it's going to happen to you.

"I just felt on top of the world and it's nice to know these things are genuine. The most I've won before was £50 in Premium Bonds and it's a brilliant prize for a local charity.

"I wanted to give the money back as it was an unexpected win and I don't have a need for it. I suppose more people ought to sign up to donate to the air ambulance because none of us ever know when we might need them."

Ann picked up her cheque during a visit to the air ambulance base and celebrated her win with a dinner at The Hillside Inn at Pound Hill.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000. To join the lottery go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833833.

 

Shoppers raise £2,150 for air ambulance

Photo: The 2016 Win a Mini promotion at Whitefriars

Shoppers in Canterbury raised more than £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at Whitefriars Shopping Centre last week (May 13th  - 15th) .

A grand total of £2,150.21 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, alloy wheels, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB audio, reversing assist camera and rear parking distance control.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a family-run business famous for its motor dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford who are supporting the year-long campaign.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Air ambulance Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Whitefriars for allowing us to come back for a second year to promote the Win a Mini raffle, and to the public for their support."