Photo: BMW winner Timothy Kane, KSSAAT Deputy Director Bridget Pepper and Barnett Hill Hotel General Manager General Manager Tim Hall
Timothy Kane from Walton-on-Thames has won a BMW 1 Series in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Win a Car Draw, which raised enough money to fund 86 potentially life-saving missions.
Mr Kane bought the winning ticket from the charity's Deputy Director, Bridget Pepper, while shopping at Waitrose in Haywards Heath last month.
He was treated to a champagne reception and lunch this week, courtesy of the four star Barnett Hill Hotel in Guildford where he met with representatives of the charity and chose the colour of his new car – mineral grey.
Mr Kane said: "When Bridget asked if I wanted to buy a £5 ticket, I wasn't sure whether to or not and I'm so glad I did now. It is an amazing service and I'm astounded that it's a charity. Prior to my interaction with them, I had no idea of the scale and complexity of their brilliant work, so I was delighted to hear how much money was raised through this draw.
"When I got the call to say I'd won this fantastic prize, my first reaction was disbelief! I feel very privileged to have won and I can't wait to pick up the keys."
Thousands of tickets were sold at more than 100 shopping centres, stores and events across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Mr Kane was the top prize winner of the car worth £23,000. The draw took place on Thursday 2nd November at the charity's base in Marden and there was also a second prize of £1,000 and a third prize of a helicopter pleasure flight.
The campaign was again supported by Barretts of Canterbury, who very kindly provided the charity with a promotional car (pictured) to use during the six-month campaign.
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public support to raise the £6.5million a year it needs to respond to the most critically ill and injured patients in the region.
Each time the charity's crews are called out to a patient it costs about £2,500, so the outstanding sum of money raised from this year's Win a Car raffle is enough to fund 86 potentially life-saving missions.