Win A Car at the Eastbourne Arndale Centre has got off to a roaring start for 2015.
Now in its 16th year, the annual charity event has already raised £3,200 in its first ten days with another five weeks to go until the winning ticket is drawn on Christmas Eve when one lucky winner will receive a phone call to tell them that a brand new £7,000 Suzuki Celerio will be theirs for Christmas.
A total of 48 charities will benefit from this year’s event with each one 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.
Since the event began in 2000, an amazing £271,000 has been raised for local charities. In the week ahead tickets will be sold by Eastbourne and District Mencap (Friday), Girlguiding Eastbourne (Saturday), Rotary Club of Beachy Head (Sunday), St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Monday), Macmillan Cancer Support (Tuesday), MS Society (Wednesday) and Sovereign Swimming Club for Disabled People (Thursday).
Earlier this week, one of the charities taking part was the East Sussex Motor Neurone Disease Association that improves care and support for people with the disease, their families and carers. The disease kills five people every day in the UK, half within 14 months of diagnosis.
Volunteer Pete Smallwood said, “Everything we raise today goes to the charity to fund and promote research to bring us closer to a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.”
Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge said, “This year we want to raise more than ever and so it’s fantastic to see that the tickets sales have gone so well in the first 10 days.”
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