1. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    November 22, 2013 by Tracy

    Lottery Thank you for playing our Flight for Life Lottery.  We are delighted to announce the winners of this weeks draw which took place today.  

    Results Week 583– Draw Date 22nd November 2013:  Jackpot £1,000 (R Stevens, Banwell), Second Prize £250 (R Apsey, Corfe Castle), Third Prize £150 (P Penson, Pimperne), Fourth Prize £125 (J Davies, Ferndown), Fifth Prize £100 (S Shillabeer, Langport).      

    £10 CONSOLATION VOUCHERS have also been won by the following:  A&D Christian, B Howell, M Thompson, N Mogg, M Coleman, C Harris, B Chick, V Read, K Pollard & D Willsher.


  2. Freemason’s Lodge supports local charities

    November 20, 2013 by Tracy

    Cheque PresentationAt a small ceremony in the Masonic Hall, Yeovil, on Friday 15th November, the Master and Brethren of the Corinthian Pillar Lodge No.7552 presented donations to representatives of five local charities.

    Receiving the donations on behalf of their charities were Steph Talbot MBE, Chairman Yeovil Heartbeat (£600), Anne Blotheridge, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (£600), Gemma Wilkes Fundraising Manager St Margaret’s Hospice (£600), Angie Chant received the cheque for (£600) in aid of the Meningitis Trust in lieu of Jo Campbell, the Community Development Manager, who was unavoidably unable to attend and Kate Wood, for the Breakaway Trust, (£300). 

    Following the presentation the ladies were able to meet more of the Brethren of the Lodge to express their thanks.

  3. Special Incident Award Winners!

    November 19, 2013 by Tracy

    Special Incident Award 2013The best and brightest from the air ambulance world emerged victorious at the first national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. The awards, which are independently judged, received over 50 nominations from air ambulance operations across the UK. Winners included medics and aircrew; a volunteer; a charity worker and a staff employee at the prestigious event held in London last night.

    This is the first year the awards have been held and were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin with GP and noted comedian Dr Phil Hammond on hand to present each winner with their award in front of an enthusiastic gathering.

    Headline winners were London Air Ambulance scooping four awards including Pilot of the Year award, Doctor of the Year, Paramedic of the Year and Dr Gareth Davies with his Lifetime Achievement Award.  In the other categories top honours went to Poppy Young as Outstanding Young Person and Charity Staff Member Janice Flower from Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Honours also went to volunteer Jenny Ashman for her fundraising efforts over a twenty year period for Midlands Air Ambulance.

    Devon Air Ambulance took the Campaign of the Year award and the Special Incident award was presented to the aircrew from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Chairman of the Judging Panel, Guy Opperman MP, said:  “It was a wonderful night with each and every one of our air ambulance recipients striving to set the highest possible standards of excellence in the sector.  It has been an honour to be involved with such an inspirational group of people.”

    We were delighted to be shortlisted in three categories: Dorchester based Keith Wilson (Charity Volunteer of the Year),  Dr. Farhad Islam (Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year) and paramedics Greg Peacock and Steve Freeman, together with pilot Max Hoskins (Special Incident Award).   A massive congratulations from us all!

    Stephen Freeman   Greg Peacock   Max Hoskins   Keith Wilson Dr Farhad Islam

  4. This Week’s Lottery Results

    November 13, 2013 by Tracy

    LotteryThank you for playing our Flight for Life Lottery.  We are delighted to announce the winners of this weeks draw which took place on Friday.  

    Results Week 581– Draw Date 8th November 2013:  Jackpot £1,000 (G Ramsdale, Verwood), Second Prize £250 (W & J Maunder, Puddletown), Third Prize £150 (D Street, Frome), Fourth Prize £125 (P Reynolds, Bournemouth), Fifth Prize £100 (S Ruse, Taunton).      

    £10 CONSOLATION VOUCHERS have also been won by the following:

    B Ogilvie, M Coombs, A Bowditch, A Robertson, J Penn, D Hall, D Hotston, E Britton, G Clothier and M Castle.




  5. Wood Farm donate over £3,800

    by Tracy

    Cheque PresentationWood Farm Caravan and Camping Park, located in the beautiful town of Charmouth has had a great year of fundraising in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  With the help and generosity of their customers, and the hard work of all the staff, they handed over a cheque which totalled £3,813.50.

    For the second year running the park asked their customers to make a £1 donation as part of their booking.  Although individually, they did not think this amounted to much, as shown, the collective sum enormous!

    Following on from the success of their 40th Birthday celebrations last year, they held another ‘Party in the Park’ during August.  This was a great opportunity for staff and customers to enjoy a wonderful evening of live music and delicious food.  All proceeds from the collection boxes on the night were also part of the donation.

    Thank you to everyone involved!

  6. Wilko off to a Flyer with Apprentice Challenge

    by Tracy

    WilkinsonsTeam members from 13 South West Wilko stores recently raised over £1,000 for Air Ambulances in the South West area, as part of their commitment to their regional charities of the year.

    In the style of the BBC’s The Apprentice, the challenge involved two teams who competed against each other in various business tasks. Team A, led by the Barnstaple store, was made of Wilko team members from Western-super-Mare, Exeter, Weymouth, St Austell, and Redruth, while Team B consisted of team members from Yeovil, Bridgewater, Taunton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Torquay, and was led by the Falmouth store.

    The first task required the teams to buy a full range of second hand donations on a budget of £100. They then raised as much money as possible for the charities by selling the donations.

    It was a close call, but by the end of the day, the team of stores led by Falmouth had raised the most money and, in true Apprentice fashion, everyone was called to the ‘boardroom’ for a tense Lord Sugar-style showdown.

    Toff Ahmed, the regional manager of Wilko’s South West stores, said: “The challenge was a huge success and we are very proud of all our team members for embracing the competition. The challenge raised awareness for Air Ambulances in the region and we had lots of fun raising cash too!

    “I’d like to thank all the customers who supported the event. Without their contribution, the competition wouldn’t have been such a success.”

    Debbie Birtwisle, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance fundraising co-ordinator said, “The challenge was a really creative and fun way to raise money and we were so impressed with the dedication the Wilko teams put into the event. We would like to thank all the Wilko stores involved for all their hard work and a fantastic donation.”


  7. Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence – Shortlist Announced!

    November 6, 2013 by Tracy

    AAAEWonderful News!  We are extremely proud to announce that Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is represented in three categories at this years Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. 

    Greg Peacock, Stephen Freeman and Pilot Max Hoskins have been shortlisted for the Special Incident Award.  Dorchester based Keith Wilson is shortlisted for Charity Volunteer of the Year and Dr. Farhad Islam (known to many as 'Izzy') makes the shortlist for Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year. 


    Greg PeacockStephen FreemanMax HoskinsKeith Wilson Dr Farhad Islam (Izzy)







    All nominees in the nine categories were considered by an independent judging panel. Chairman of the panel, Guy Opperman MP said, "The standard of the nominees was extremely high and it was no easy task to shortlist for each Award as each and every one of them deserves recognition.  However, we feel that we have selected nominees who represent the dedication and commitment of those involved in the excellent work carried out by UK air ambulance charities.”

    The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony being held on the 18th November 2013.  A full list of the nominees can be found by visiting the Association of Air Ambulances website HERE.

  8. Point to Point Presentation

    November 4, 2013 by Tracy

    Tom Eames presents the cheque to Charlotte RoutleyDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was delighted to receive a cheque totalling £3,628.25 from the Cotley Point to Point last weekend.  

    Charity Manager, Charlotte Routley was presented with the cheque by Tom Eames on a very soggy day!

    The money raised was proceeds from a charity flat race which celebrated the Diamond Jubilee earlier this year.  What a brilliant result!



  9. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    by Tracy

    Thank you for playing our Flight for Life Lottery.  We are delighted to announce the winners of this weeks draw which took place on Friday. DSAA_Lottery_Button 

    Results Week 580– Draw Date 1st November 2013:  Jackpot £1,000 (J Peters, Broadstone), Second Prize £250 (R Lacey, Poole), Third Prize £150 (N Hunter, Shepton Mallet), Fourth Prize £125 (E Maybury, Christchurch), Fifth Prize £100 E Plomgren, Holford).      

    £10 CONSOLATION VOUCHERS have also been won by the following:

    R Myers, G Wiseman, J Jennings, L Bishop, M White, A Gotowicki, C Dyrynda, V Barnes, R Slade & S Hobhouse.