Shoppers in Turnbridge Wells have raised £2,700 through a raffle to support the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. The price was a brand new Mini Cooper convertible. Staff and volunteers at Marks & Spencer in Turnbridge Wells had been selling tickets for the draw, the proceeds for which will be contributed towards the operational costs of the medical air transport service.
About the Fundraising Effort for the Medical Air Transport Service
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance charity has held several fundraisers over the years to support their operations. Last year, they held a raffle to celebrate their Silver Jubilee and ended up raising an excess of £210,000. This is enough funds to support 84 lifesaving missions.
This time, the campaign has been supported by Barretts of Canterbury, a family-run motor dealership based out of Kent. Each ticket for the raffle costs £5 and can be bought online at raffle.me.uk. The draw will be held on March 31st, 2017; which will be perfect as the convertible Mini Cooper is just right for the warmer summer months.
About the Grand Prize
The brand new Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper costs approximately £19,000 with a three-door feature. It boasts of a tire pressure monitoring functionality and a Thatcham 1 alarm system. It also has a ISOFIX child seat system with front fog lights, DAB digital radio, and on-board computer. The Bluetooth hands-free function comes with USB audio. The vehicle also has parking distance sensors and reversing camera.
The Marks & Spencer staff had chosen the Ken, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance charity as their Charity of the Year for 2015/2016. They had helped them raise more than £5,000. James Cook, the Lottery Manager of the medical air transport service has express his gratitude towards the department store for allowing them to come back for another year.