When Doreen Knight signed up for the £2 a week lottery on 7th June, she may have been dreaming about whether she would buy a new kitchen or a holiday with her winnings. Little did she know that less than one month in, she would be able to do both as she hit the jackpot.
“I was on my way to work when I got the call to say I’d won and I was shaking. It’s just unbelievable to have won so quickly and I had to check the Air Ambulance website to see if it was true.
It’s come at a good time because my husband Brian will be 60 this year and he’s always wanted to see the New England Falls so that’s on the cards for next year. I’d quite like to see the Niagara Falls as well.”
Air ambulance critical care paramedic Jez Harwood (right of picture) presented the couple with their cheque on behalf of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance at the helicopter base in Dunsfold.
The air ambulance service, which deals with all emergencies including road traffic collisions, costs around £5million annually and relies almost entirely on public generosity to keep its two helicopters in service.
Jamie Cheshire, Press Officer for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance said:
“Congratulations to Doreen on her windfall which is a life-changing amount. Our lottery raises about £1.7million for the charity each year and we are enormously grateful to all our fundraisers who help to keep the helicopters flying.”
Its regular lottery costs £1 a week with 12 weekly winners of amounts from £25 to £1,000 but for an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw that has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 as scooped by Doreen.
Doreen works at Walstead Place, a 19th century former country squire’s residence just a mile from Lindfield, sensitively converted to provide residential and nursing care for up to 41 elderly ladies and gentlemen. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, founded in 1994 by Mother and Son team Helena and Paul Jeffery the group has grown to become a leading independent care provider in the UK.