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Mark's story

A man who was airlifted to hospital has won the jackpot of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) lottery and will save the winnings for his wedding.

Mark Hogg, 26, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, was airlifted to hospital from Belford, Northumberland, in 2000 after he was knocked off his bike by a car, aged ten. He sustained a broken collarbone and head injuries in the accident.

Mr Hogg decided to join the lottery, which costs just 50p per week, after hearing about the campaign at a local event.

He won the GNAAS weekly lottery jackpot of £500 on June 29.

He said: “If it wasn’t for the air ambulance, who got me the hospital in just 15-20 minutes, I might not be here right now.”

The lottery win has come at the right time for Mr Hogg as he proposed to his fiancé, Carly Jerden, in September last year with plans to get married next year.

Mr Hogg said: “I couldn’t believe that I won the £500 jackpot, it will go towards our wedding next year.

“I don’t play the lottery to win, I play because I believe in this local air ambulance service.

“You pray you’ll never need it but when you do you’ll be eternally grateful it’s there as I am. If you also believe in the charity, then I urge you to sign up today.”


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