Thursday, 21 April 2016

Shoppers raise £3,266 for air ambulance

Photo: A convertible Mini Cooper

Shoppers at Hempstead Valley 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 Marden-based charity sold tickets for the prize draw at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre last week (April 11th – 17th).

A grand total of £3,266.73 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 £18,000 three-door Caribbean blue 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 radio, reversing camera and rear 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 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.

Lottery Manager James Cook said: “We are really grateful to Hempstead Valley 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 support.”


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