We are pleased to announce that Graham Masters is the winner of our 2022 Win a MINI Draw! Graham, who has been supporting us since 2007, has won a brand-new MINI Electric – and recently visited us to meet members of Team KSS.
Graham said: “We’re highly delighted to have won, but still slightly in shock. When I came off the phone call telling me I’d won I checked my emails just to see that I’d bought tickets. I even checked the day it was being drawn and realised that was the day I’d been called, so began to believe it was all for real. Someone has to win these things, and we are really grateful that it was us.’’
“This is something that you think always happens to other people. You don’t enter to win – it’s about giving a donation. The charity holds a special place in our heart. We’ve been regular supporters since 2007, and my cousin was a fundraiser who helped get it all started. My very first car was one of the original Minis, so it is quite special to be able to drive the latest version.”
Graham and his partner Linda live in Nottingham but travel to Kent every six weeks.
Graham added: “I can’t really put it into words. It was lovely to win the car, and our visit has really opened our eyes. I thought I knew what the Air Ambulance was about, but it’s so much more than taking people to hospital quickly. The skills and equipment on board are amazing. It’s been a very special day for us both.”
Our Win a MINI Draw launched in April 2022 and has raised an incredible £136,000 for our charity. As well as making tickets available to our existing supporters, Team KSS sold tickets at shops and at events across the region – raising awareness of our life-saving service at the same time.
James Cook, our Head of Lotteries and Gaming said: “Many congratulations to Graham and Linda, and to our seven cash prize winners. We could not do what we do without the support we receive from our communities, and we want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for our 2022 draw.”
“2022 was the busiest year in our 33-year history, with our crews responding to 3,224 incidents. Each year we must raise £16.6M (or £45K per day) to operate our life-saving service, with 87% of its total income raised through the incredible generosity of its supporters.”