Christmas is around the corner which means Win A Car launches for its 17th year at the Eastbourne Arndale Centre on Monday.

Since it was started in 2000, this annual festive event has raised more than £291,000 for local charities. For the next seven weeks, there are 48 organisations lined up who will benefit by selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.

The event begins on Monday (November 7) and will run until Christmas Eve when the winning ticket will be chosen and one lucky person will receive a phone call to tell them that a brand new £7,000 Suzuki Celerio will be theirs for Christmas.

Last year’s event raised a total of £20,200 and every person taking part stands a chance of winning the car that has been bought by the Arndale Centre from Eastbourne Motoring Centre. There will also be an additional 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.

The first charity in the Centre will be Families for Autism that was founded in 2010 by parents and individuals who all have a connection to children or young people on the autistic spectrum.

Earlier this year, the charity opened a shop in Mark Lane, Eastbourne with the aim of not only raising money, but giving work and training opportunities for people on the autistic spectrum.

Eastbourne Arndale Centre Manager Bill Plumridge said: “We’re delighted to be launching Win A Car for the 17th year. Whatever each charity raises that day is theirs because there are no administration charges for the event. We hope as many people as possible will support the charities while, at the same time, stand a chance of winning a brand new car for Christmas.”

In the Centre for the first week are the following charities: Monday – Families for Autism; Tuesday – The JPK Sussex Project; Wednesday – Citizens Advice Eastbourne and Thursday – Eastbourne Lions.

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