A BRAND new car is up for grabs in the life-saving charity’s annual raffle.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is giving one lucky ticketholder the chance to win a VW Move up! worth £9,295 after it was donated by the North East’s largest independent motor group, Benfield.
GNAAS chief executive Grahame Pickering MBE, air medics and Matthew Squires of Benfield Motor Group launched the raffle at the charity’s airbase at Durham Tees Valley Airport this week.
The epic fundraising campaign has raised £545,000 in its previous four years, which has helped save lives throughout the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Mr Pickering said: “We hope lots of people get involved and buy tickets for just £1 to be in with the chance of driving away with this brilliant prize.
“The money will be spent on flying missions throughout the region, and will make a real difference to the vital work of our crews. We are entirely dependent on donations to survive.
“Five years after kick-starting the raffle, Benfield have once more pledged to support us by supplying this year’s top prize. Since 2011, the annual fundraiser has raised a phenomenal six figure sum for the charity and we are so grateful.”
Second prize is an overnight stay for two at Wynyard Hall, near Stockton, and third prize is £100 cash.
Last year’s car raffle winner was Anne Duffield, from Ripon in North Yorkshire.
Matthew Squires, brand manager at Benfield Motor Group, said: “The service that GNAAS provides to people throughout the region is absolutely fantastic. It is staggering how much money the charity has to raise each year in order to keep this emergency service operating.
“We are a North East based family business, with family values, so we are therefore delighted to donate this Volkswagen car, through our Charitable Trust, to GNAAS to help with their fundraising.”
The car will be at Skylive Airshow at Durham Tees Valley Airport on August 29th and at other events around the region.
Raffle tickets are £1 each and books of 12 can be purchased from the GNAAS website, or call 01325-487263.
Books of tickets have been sent to GNAAS supporters already on its mailing list. The closing date to get ticket stubs to the charity is November 27, with the draw taking place on December 3.
Benfield donates 5 per cent of its operating profits to worthy and local causes through the Benfield Charitable Trust. To visit Benfield click here.