FORMER F1 driver Mark Blundell helped launch a new lottery game which aims to raise money for Magpas.

The racing driver, who was part of a Le Mans 24 hour race-winning team in 1992, is said to be a great supporter of the life-saving charity which is based at Wyton.

After visiting the team on Monday (April 11), Mark said: “Meeting the team has given me a real understanding of how this vital operation works.

“Magpas does amazing work throughout East Anglia and their quick response times to road and traffic accidents really do save lives.

“As with most charities, funding is a constant struggle and that’s why this lottery is such a good idea - just over £1 a week provides them with a regular income but also gives you the opportunity to win some great prizes”.

Magpas, which receives no funding from the Government, operates a helicopter air ambulance service, reacting to emergencies across six counties in the region.

The charity says it is surviving on a month by month basis, but the lottery could help ensure that Magpas can raise enough money to secure its future funding and continue to save lives.

A spokesman said: “We’re asking people across the eastern region to sign up and become a lottery life saver. The charity could then be provided with sustainable funding and this would in turn allow us to budget for the future whilst giving members the fantastic opportunity to win weekly prizes.

“We’ve been saving lives for the past 40 years and have come to the rescue for over 50,000 people. Now we need your help.

“Our doctors, paramedics, our emergency land vehicle, our helicopter, drugs and medical equipment cost just over £1,500 for a day and night shift.”

INFORMATION: The tickets are £1 each and can be bought through a standing order, cheque or cash. Simply fill in a Magpas lottery form available by calling 01480 371060 or e-mail info@magpas.org.uk