Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Shoppers raise £2,603 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteers John Glenister and Shirley Wood with the promotional Mini

Shoppers at Sainsbury's Brookwood raised more than £2,600 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 Redding Way store last week (April 27th and 28th).

A grand total of £2,601 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 radio, 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 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.

Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Sainsbury's Brookwood 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 over the two days is enough to fund a potentially life-saving mission."


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