Countdown to Christmas offers chance to win a car

Centre manager Bill Plumridge, Father Christmas, Ollie Hodges from Eastbourne Motoring Centre and Bridget Pepper from Kent, Surrey and Sussex Ambulance. SUS-150411-103039001
Centre manager Bill Plumridge, Father Christmas, Ollie Hodges from Eastbourne Motoring Centre and Bridget Pepper from Kent, Surrey and Sussex Ambulance. SUS-150411-103039001

Christmas is coming which means it’s that time of the year when Win A Car comes to the Eastbourne Arndale Centre.

Now in its 16th year, this annual event has raised a staggering £271,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000.

The event launches tomorrow (Saturday, November 7) and will run until Christmas Eve when the winning ticket will be chosen and one lucky winner will receive a phone call to tell them that a brand new £7,000 Suzuki Celerio will be theirs for Christmas.

So how does it work? Every day from the start of the event, a different charity will be in the Centre selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause. So, whatever the charity raises that day is theirs because there are no administration charges for the event.

Last year, the event raised more than £21,000 in its 48 days of selling tickets, but this year the aim is to exceed that total so charities can take home even more money.

Kicking off the event is the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance that has operated for more than 25 years with specialist doctors and critical care paramedics treating nearly 2,000 people.

By buying tickets for Win A Car, while supporting the charities, at the same time every person taking part stands a chance of winning the brand new car bought by the Arndale Centre from Eastbourne Motoring Centre.

Centre manager Bill Plumridge said, “We’re delighted to be launching Win A Car for the 16th year. It’s such a great way to help local charities at Christmas while giving one person the chance to take home a brand new car for Christmas. We’re looking forward to seeing as many people as possible in the centre to buy their tickets and find out more about the charities taking part.”

In the centre for the first week are Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders, Hearing Link, People Matter Trust, Eastbourne Blind Society and Lark in the Park.