Weird Woollies fundraise for Air Ambulance!

April 14, 2013 by Tracy

Kenny-McDonald-Andy-Stapleton-from-left-top-Paramedics-Leonie-German-and-Mark-Williams-Annette-Plaistow-Trapaud-and-Pilot-Phil-Merritt-2In 2008 Bus Engineer Andy Stapleton from Verwood was airlifted from Poole to Dorchester by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance following a motorcycle accident having suffered fractures to his shoulder and arm.  So when he won £200 in a competition with his colleagues at Wilts & Dorset’s Poole depot to design and wear the weirdest woolly jumper, created by his wife and children, he decided to donate his winnings to the air ambulance service.  On hearing of Andy’s intentions, Area Engineering Manager Kenny McDonald agreed that the company would double the donation.

Andy and Kenny were invited to meet the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team at Henstridge Airfield where they presented the £400 cheque and were given a tour of the facilities accompanied by fundraising co-ordinator, Annette Plaistow-Trapaud.

Pilot Phil Merritt was joined by paramedics Leonie German and Mark Williams to explain how the service works to come to the aid of between 3-4 incidents a day.  It’s thought that the current helicopter, an EC-135, was the one that carried Andy to Dorchester hospital.

Andy said: “I don’t remember a lot about the flight except that I could relax knowing that I was in very safe, expert hands.  I’m delighted to make this contribution to their life saving service.”