Festive draw raises £57k for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance at its Devizes base


WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance thank everyone who supported its 2016 Grand Christmas Draw, raising a total of £57,210.

This comprised £45,171 from raffle tickets sold, along with additional donations of £5,921 towards the charity’s day-to-day operations.

There was also an option for players to make additional donations for the Airbase Appeal, to complete the funding for the new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, and this amounted to £6,118.

The top prize of £3,000 was won by Robert South of Laverstock, Salisbury.

Mr South, 83, already supports Wiltshire Air Ambulance by playing its Lottery and has taken part in the charity’s Christmas draw on a previous occasion.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told I had won the Christmas draw, it was a nice surprise. I support Wiltshire Air Ambulance because it’s a wonderful organisation, particularly for the Salisbury area where I live.

“The air ambulance can get to and transport patients to hospital quickly and can be lifesaving.

“We are privileged in Wiltshire to have our own helicopter as an air ambulance rather than sharing a helicopter with Wiltshire Police.”

The winning ticket numbers were: 1st Prize £3,000: 212506 – Salisbury; 2nd Prize £500: 022852 – Warminster; 3rd Prize £100 037587 – Bradford on Avon; five consolation prizes of £50: 180023 – Swindon; 157086 – Chippenham; 072445 – Swindon; 159042 – Chippenham; 155331 – Chippenham.

Rebecca de la Bedoyere, senior fundraising manager at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in our Christmas Draw and congratulate the lucky winners.

“We are also very grateful to members of the public who not only bought tickets but sent in additional donations towards both our essential running costs and our Airbase Appeal. The amount of donations we received surpassed all previous raffles.

“We are incredibly fortunate to receive such generous support from the people of Wiltshire. The annual draw is a vital source of income for us and every ticket sold helps ensure we can keep our lifesaving aircraft and crew flying.”

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