1. Amy Smith qualifies for the GB Rowing Team Start Programme

    December 20, 2013 by Tracy

    Amy SmithTaunton Rowing Club is pleased to announce that Amy Smith has qualified to take part in the GB Rowing Team Start Programme.  The programme aims to identify and develop potential Olympians.  Since its inception in 2001 this lottery funded programme has been so successful that a third of the London 2012 Olympic Rowers came through the programme. 

    Amy’s selection is a testament to her hard work and dedication in overcoming a previous illness which saw her having to withdraw from an earlier development programme.  She attributes her current success to Taunton Rowing Club coaches Ian Payne and Steve Sanger-Davies who she says helped her to “regain my confidence and fitness and gave me the chance to try again.”

    Taking part in the Start Programme requires dedication and commitment and will see Amy travelling three times every week to Bath for training as well as continuing her training with Taunton Rowing Club.  Amy says that she feels very lucky to have been given this chance to make the most of her potential “but like most things the travelling is going to cost and I am currently looking into ways to cover the cost of this, so if anyone knows of any local companies that would possibly sponsor me in any way I would very much appreciate it” adding:

    “My aim is to take part in the Olympics. This selection will give me the opportunity to train to that end but even if I get into the squad but don’t get picked for the GB team it will still be an experience of a life time.”

    Even though Amy will be training in Bath three times a week she will still be based in Taunton for the rest of her training.  Because of this Amy says that she is  “really pleased to hear that the proposed COACH sports community hub in Taunton has received planning permission as a facility like that will really help myself and others to maximise our sporting potential.   We need as much support behind the project as possible so if you have a free couple of minutes, please use that time to complete the survey and help me and others like me to get the most out of our sport in Taunton.”

    Amy is the daughter of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Clerical Assistant, Sam Smith.  A big congratulations and best wishes is sent from us all!

  2. Marathon Man raises over £2,000

    by Tracy

    Cheque Presentation to DSAATIM Hussey, of Wootton Fotzpaine, near Lyme Regis, raised more than £2,000 for charity by running the Bournemouth Marathon earlier this year.  Mr Hussey, who worked for Wessex Water, completed the race in three hours and 55 minutes, an impressive time for his first marathon.

    He decided to donate the total funds of £2,234.34 to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, knowing people locally whose lives had been saved by the service.

    He said: “I was amazed by the generosity of all the people that sponsored the air ambulance. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped me through this run, especially Ros who kept pushing me in training and getting most of my sponsors for me. Thank you also to Rebecca Loader the physio for making sure my legs were up to it.

    “It has taken me up to now to collect all of the money in what was more of a marathon than doing the run itself! In the end I have managed to raise a whopping £2234.34 which has now been handed to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. 

    “Thank you very much everyone.”

    This article was taken from View From Online

  3. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    December 17, 2013 by Tracy

    The winners of this weeks Flight for Life Lottery have now been posted to our Website!  Many congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who supports us in this way!  Click Here to view the results

  4. Santa Stride Huge Success!

    by Tracy

    Santa StrideThe Sturminster Newton Rotary launched their first Santa Stride on Sunday 8th December in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and were overwhelmed by the attendance of over 230 enthusiastic people all dressed in Santa suits.

    The event which took place along the Trailway from Sturminster Newton to Hamoon and return (a total of 3.6 miles) was started by the Town Crier (Kevin Knapp) in association with the President of Sturminster Rotary, Malcolm Parker. 

    Two horse riders, one of which had previously been airlifted by the Air Ambulance, led the procession that was then followed by the runners, cyclists, pram pushers and “dawdlers” (some with dogs suitably attired as reindeers). 

    Santa Stride 2Also participating was Claire Wilson from Blandford, who sustained serious injuries after a road traffic accident in September and was also airlifted by the Air Ambulance. She sustained some 16 fractures and internal injuries along with 3 separate breaks in her leg, which is now heavily pinned.  Claire courageously completed 2.6 miles of the course and as a result has, alone, raised in excess of £1,600 in support of the Santa Stride for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. She has stated that next year she will “run” the course.Santa Stride 3

    In addition the Sturminster Newton Rotary has also raised over £1,000 from this event (the final figure is yet to be confirmed).  Our sincere thanks to her and to the Factory Shop for the use of their forecourt and to everyone who took part in this event that truly brought the spirit of Christmas to Sturminster Newton. 

    The full generosity of the participants and sponsors will be delivered to the Air Ambulance in the New Year after the “Burns Night” Dinner/Dance on 25th January in the Exchange, Sturminster Newton, which is also in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Tickets are £25 a head and can be purchased at Sweet Solutions in Sturminster Newton or from the Sturminster Newton Rotary - contact Des O’Connor 01258 473162 or email: desoc68@btinternet.com

  5. Fully Operational

    December 15, 2013 by Tracy

    We are delighted to announce that as of 10.45 am this morning, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is fully operational.

  6. Statement from Bond Air Services on EC135

    December 13, 2013 by Tracy

    We have received the following statement from Bond Air Services this afternoon.  

    Statement from Bond Air Services on EC135 - 13 December 2013 (13:41 pm)

    Following our discovery during routine operations of an issue with an indicator system on one of our aircraft on the 11 December, Bond Air Services temporarily suspended service operations to allow precautionary testing.  This involved detailed examinations and tests to evaluate the function and accuracy of the fuel indicator system on our fleet of EC135s. Following these tests we were able to release a number of aircraft back to full operational service yesterday.

    We did however identify a number of aircraft with the fuel indication anomaly. Having worked closely with the manufacturer, Eurocopter, to identify the immediate cause, we began a process of jointly testing the aircraft and are now sourcing and replacing the affected components.

    This work is expected to be completed by Sunday, 15 December.  We will return these aircraft to service when we have resolved this issue. This is in line with our commitment to the highest standards of safety in all our operations.

    About Bond Air Services

    Bond Air Services is the largest operator of air ambulance aircraft in the UK. Using mainly Eurocopter EC-135 and Bolkow BO-105 helicopters, it operates from 23 bases around the UK and has two major maintenance facilities, Staverton and Glasgow. It is part of the Avincis Group, the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services.

  7. Bond Air Services EC 135 Temporary Suspension of Flying

    by Tracy

    Statement Issued - 13 December 2013 - 07.30 am

    At this time Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is currently suspended from flying.  After initial investigations a technical fault has been found on the aircraft (G-DORS) and work is now underway to rectify the problem.  The Charity is working with Bond Air Services to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    We are unaware at this stage of the timescales involved but are reassured that Bond Air Services are working with Eurocopter to identify the resources required to rectify the defect.

    Patient needs will continue to be our top priority.  Our crew will be on hand to attend, and assist if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle which is located at our airbase on the Dorset and Somerset border.

    Assistance will also be met by support from our neighbouring air ambulances and ambulance services. This also extends to the coordinated use of other assets such as Police and Search and Rescue aircraft.

    Updates will be announced as and when we have them.

  8. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    December 10, 2013 by Tracy

    Lottery Congratulations to the winners of this weeks Lottery Draw!  Draw Date 6 December 2013. 

    Jackpot £1,000 – M Barlow, Street - Second Prize £250 – J Nutley, Poole - Third Prize £150 - B Mills, Willenhall - Fourth Prize £125 – F Norris, Blandford Forum - Fifth Prize £100 – E Marshall, Poole. 

    £10 consolation vouchers have also been won by the following: J Clarke, N Hockey, P English, A Thompson, F Evans, I Murphy, D Hicks, C Goode, S Biles & J Smith.

    For information on joining the draw, please contact: 01202-849530 or email: lottery@dsairambulance.org.uk


    December 5, 2013 by Tracy

    Wilkinsons staff Team members from five Wilko stores in the South West recently left dry land behind to take part in a day of dragon boat racing, and raised an oar-some £1,100 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.   Team members from Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Weymouth were left with aching muscles after taking part in dragon boat races against 250 other Wilko team members from South Wales, the Midlands and the South West.

    The race took place on The Quay in Exeter, with eight boats full of Wilko team members and charity representatives taking to the water in total.  The event raised an impressive £4,416 overall which was split between five different air ambulance charities.

    Shaun Boore, store manager at Taunton, who organised the whole event, said: “The Exeter charity boat race was an amazing event, with team members from some stores travelling hundreds of miles to get there. There were so many team members taking part, which made it a really exciting and quite competitive day!

    “Organising the event was such hard work, but it all paid off when I saw everyone on the water battling for first place – and striving to raise money for their local air ambulance charities. The fact that the event ultimately managed to raise over £4,000 is immensely satisfying. In fact, the dragon boat race went so well that we’re thinking of making it an annual thing.”