Cambridgeshire councillor raises funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity by raffling a flight over the city

Cllr Paul Bullen has donated a ride in his plane for charity auction

Cllr Paul Bullen has donated a ride in his plane for charity auction - Credit: Archant

A councillor is offering a sky high prize for a raffle in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice and in memory of a council colleague.

For the price of a £5 raffle ticket one lucky winner could be taking off with Councillor Paul Bullen, the UKIP representative for St Ives, after he decided he would like to raise funds for the charity.

It is hoped the soar away prize worth £300 will raise a significant amount of money, in order to help fund the hospice’s essential end of life care, counselling and support services.

Cllr Bullen - a qualified pilot keen to share his passion for this mode of travel - contacted the hospice to discuss the proposition, after his friend and fellow Councillor Lister Wilson required the hospice’s care over the Christmas period, sadly passing away at the hospice in January of this year.

The raffle aptly named ‘The Lister Wilson Wings of Time Flight’ will offer the winner and two guests a thirty minute flight in a Pierre Robin, DR400, in September of this year and will take off from Marshalls airport in Cambridge, possibly passing over the winner’s home.


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The aircraft is a four seat touring aeroplane which can cruise at 135 knots (approximately 150 mph) and has an endurance of five hours. The prize includes a safety briefing and an opportunity to have a tour of the craft and its features.

The winning ticket will be drawn at Bridge the Gap on Parkers Piece on September 13, in the cake tent at 2pm.

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The £5 raffle tickets can be obtained from the hospice on Mill Road, one of the charity’s three shops, or from the council offices at Shire Hall.

Daughter of Lister Wilson, Wendy Searle explains: “This is a fitting way to remember my father and I know he would have been delighted. People have the chance to win a unique experience, as well as raise money for a fantastic cause. The hospice staff were wonderful and we are so grateful that Arthur Rank was there for all of us at such a difficult time. I hope the funds raised will help ensure the service is available to anyone who needs it.”

Cllr Bullen adds: “The Arthur Rank Hospice is marvellous at providing end of life care and I’m happy that Lister and his family were in such good hands during his final days. It is a pleasure to be able to help raise funds for such a worthwhile organisation and I urge everyone to buy a ticket for this raffle.

For more information about the raffle, terms and conditions or to obtain tickets, please visit arhc.org.uk or call 01223 723115.

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