Denise buys a ticket to ride!

Local resident Denise Jeffreys is the 2018 winner of the Christmas Win A Car event at The Beacon. The mum of three drove away with a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio after Tina Reed, Marketing & Events Manager of The View Hotel drew Denise's ticket live on Facebook on Christmas Eve. Since 2000 when the competition was launched, over £328,000 has been raised for local charities. Denise said: "I bought a ticket this year in support of Chestnut Tree, as the son of a friend goes there for respite care. "One of my daughters is currently learning to drive, so when she passes her test she can have my old car and I'll be driving the new one." One winning ticket holder also scooped a fabulous overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel and ten winners collected £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer. The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: "When we launched Win A Car all those years ago, I never imagined it would prove so popular and such a great event for local charities. I'm immensely proud of what we've achieved." A total of 48 local charities benefit from the event every year by selling tickets for just £1, with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause. Bill added: “We are very grateful to Eastbourne Motoring Centre (EMC) for providing the car at a generous discount. I should also like to thank all the volunteers from the charities that took part, giving up their time to raise funds for their good causes.” Photo: The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge and Ollie Hodges, Director of EMC presenting the car to Denise Jeffreys