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.