Photo: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard
An Eastbourne District General Hospital worker will be jetting off on the holiday of a lifetime to New York after winning the £25,000 jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.
Neurophysiotherapist Debbie Soave, from Willingdon, joined the life-saving charity’s Superdraw when a canvasser called at her home last year.
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 draw, with random lucky numbers 1, 5, 29 and 34.
The mother-of-three is now planning a trip to the Big Apple to celebrate her daughter’s 21st birthday in March.
She said: “I’ve never won anything before and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We’ve been saying how nice it would be to take my daughter to New York for a few days, and now we can.
“I’ve only been a member of the air ambulance lottery since June and I just saw it as a donation. It’s a lovely sum of money to win and it will allow us to do many things with it. We might even go on a skiing trip as well.”
Debbie has kindly donated some of her winnings back to the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on donations.
She added: “I believe very strongly in local charities because a lot of people don’t realise how important they are for the services they provide.
“The EDGH Rehabilitation Gym I work in was built and equipped by our fantastic League of Friends so I am reminded on a daily basis about the vital role that they and other charities, such as St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the air ambulance, play in supporting the NHS.”
Debbie is the air ambulance’s first £25,000 winner this year and the second Superdraw winner from Eastbourne in less than a year after another lottery member scooped £11,025 last September.
The charity’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.