Dingles Hyundai’s grand way to help air ambulance

Malcolm Ling, centre, who won the Hyundai i10 for a year in the Dingles fund-raiser in aid of East A

Malcolm Ling, centre, who won the Hyundai i10 for a year in the Dingles fund-raiser in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance. - Credit: Andy Russell

There were two winners in Dingles Hyundai's charity fund-raiser with Malcolm Ling winning a new i10 for a year and East Anglian Air Ambulance receiving a £1,000 cheque.

Coinciding with the opening of the new purpose-built Dingles Hyundai showroom in Delft Way, Norwich, this year the family-run business wanted to help a local charity and chose East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) which operates one of its two air ambulances from nearby Norwich airport.

In a fund-raising draw, Dingles offered the chance to win a newly-launched second-generation Hyundai i10 1.2 SE city car for a year. The draw cost £2 to enter with tickets on sale at Dingles Hyundai dealerships at Norwich and Lowestoft, Tesco at Sprowston, Norwich City Football Club for which Dingles Motor Group is the official car supplier, East Anglian Game and Country Fair and via an online JustGiving page.

Car winner Mr Ling, a plasterer from Lone Barn Road, Sprowston, who bought his ticket from Tesco, said: 'It was a total shock but I am very pleased.'

He said that he had also learned a lot about the work of East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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'A lot of people don't realise it is all public funded,' added Mr Ling, who was presented with his car by Dingles Hyundai director Nigel Cooper and sales manager Peter Knights.

Dingles managing director John Dingle presented the £1,000 cheque to Dr Pam Chrispin and paramedic Andy Downes of East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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The charity operates two helicopters from Norwich and Cambridge airports which together fly four or five missions a day. It will cost £7.6m this year to run the vital service which is entirely funded by public donations.

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