Monday, 3 October 2016

Every little helps raise £1,712

Photo: L-R: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic Adam Ormrod and Dr Ed Clitheroe

Shoppers at Brooklands Tesco raised more than £1,700 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Barnes Wallis Drive store last month (September 23rd and 24th).

A grand total of £1,712.30 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 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 Tesco Brooklands for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their huge support."

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

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 and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

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