Shoppers raise £2,718 for air ambulance

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

Generous shoppers at Marks & Spencer in Bexhill raised almost £3,000 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 sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the Ravenside Retail Park store last month (December 19th – 21st).

The grand total of £2,718.79 raised in ticket sales and donations is enough to fund one potentially life-saving mission.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: “We are really grateful to Marks & Spencer Bexhill for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support over the three days.”

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 to hospital even faster.

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 with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

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.

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Date Posted: 17th January 2017