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 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."



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