Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Shoppers raise £3,044 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance staff members Ashley Grinsdale and Mark Clayton pictured with the promotional car at Tesco, Guildford

Shoppers at Tesco in Guildford 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 Ashenden Road store last week (May 6th, 7th and 8th).

A grand total of £3,044.70 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 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.

Kent Air Ambulance was launched in December, 1989, followed by the Surrey and Sussex helicopter at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, in June, 2007.

Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Tesco in Guildford for allowing us to promote the Win a Mini raffle at their store as a new venue for us, and to the public for their support."


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