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 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."


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