Vospers Mazda Exeter and Mazda UK have helped to raise more than £55,000 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) by contributing towards the cost of a Mazda2 1.3 petrol TS2 hatchback, worth £11,900 as the first prize in the charity’s 2011 Grand Summer Draw.
Across Devon thousands of people bought £1 raffle tickets for the Grand Summer Draw, to support the work of the DAAT.
The winner was drawn on Broadsands Beach during the annual Agatha Christie Festival.
The owner of the new Mazda2 is Ann Cole, whose mother purchased the winning ticket.
When Cole collected her Mazda2 from Vospers Mazda, she said: “Ever since my father was airlifted by the Devon Air Ambulance after he collapsed, my mother and I supported the Trust as much as possible.
“Naturally, when we purchased the tickets neither of us expected to win. My mother was delighted to have won and I’m glad that I can enjoy driving the car on her behalf.”
Throughout the last three years, DAAT has raffled two Mazda2 hatchbacks and a Mazda MX-5 sportscar, funded each time by Vospers Mazda on Honiton Road, Exeter.
Caroline Creer, fundraising director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, said: “We would like to thank Vospers Mazda and Mazda UK for their continued support, which has made a big difference to our fundraising.
“They have helped us generate over £175,000 through the Grand Summer Draw in the last four years and the 2011 competition was better than ever, raising over £5,000 more than last year.”