Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Holmbush shoppers raise £2,299 for air ambulance

Photo: The air ambulance's Win a Mini promotion at the Holmbush Centre

Shoppers at the Holmbush Centre in Shoreham raised more than £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Upper Shoreham Road centre last month (August 22nd – 24th).

A grand total of £2,299.60 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 convertible 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.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to the Holmbush Centre for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk The draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

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