Heli ball drop charity hope
PUBLISHED: 15:28 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010
MONDAY, AUGUST 4: Devon Cliffs Holiday Park is taking charity fund-raising to new heights with regular helicopter display flights over the beach at Sandy Bay. Haven's flagship resort has linked up with a new prize competition, Sky Lotto, being run by Helicopters UK at Ex
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park is taking charity fund-raising to new heights - with regular helicopter display flights over the beach at Sandy Bay.Haven's flagship resort has linked up with a new prize competition, Sky Lotto, being run by Helicopters UK at Exeter International Airport. A Robinson R44 helicopter will be on the holiday park every Thursday throughout the summer and will carry out a fly-past and display along Sandy Bay beach in the afternoon before dropping up to 3,000 numbered balls.On board will be Haven's children's character Naughty Ned who'll wave to everyone on the beach and help drop the balls from a height of about 50ft. The seven balls closest to a target on the sand will win prizes and the one closest will win a two-day all inclusive break at Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club, near Exmouth, for two, including one night's stay. Other prizes include helicopter flight gift vouchers.Money raised will go to the Little Star Foundation, the new charity arm of Haven Holidays with 25 per cent of the proceeds going to the NSPCC, 25 per cent to Children's Trust and the remainder going to local charities nominated by the holiday parks.Tickets, which can be bought at any of the shops on the holiday park, cost £2 or buy two and get one free and the prize competition is open to local residents as well as holidaymakers at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.The first flight took place last Thursday and attracted scores of holidaymakers to the beach but with the peak season underway the weekly event is expected to generate even more interest.Sky Lotto is just one of many new attractions that have been introduced at the holiday park this year and which are available for local residents to enjoy as well as guests staying on the park.Among the exciting new activities are paintball, clay-pigeon shooting and wall climbing. And Devon Cliffs Holiday Park also boasts the Exmouth area's only Starbucks coffee shop which is open to local residents, as well as the Beachcomber pub and cafe at Sandy Bay, subject to £5 a day parking charge. The holiday park is also promoting local produce this season with Devon cream teas on offer plus locally-made pasties, including a popular fruit variety.Retail manager Pat Titley said: "The pasties are literally flying off the shelves in the bakery.