Thursday, 27 October 2016

Shoppers raise £1,534 for the air ambulance

Photo, L-R: A shopper at Waitrose Worcester Park with charity volunteer Shaida Dorabjee

Shoppers at Waitrose in Worcester Park helped to raise more than £1,500 for the 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 Stone Place store last week (20th and 21st October).

A motorist who was airlifted after a road traffic collision was among the supporters who helped to raise a grand total of £1,534.46 in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini Draw.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming at the charity, James Cook, said: “We are really grateful to Waitrose in Worcester Park for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support.”

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients even faster to hospitals such as St George’s Hospital in London, which is featured on the TV programme 24 Hours in A&E.

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

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

 

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