Nominate your Air Ambulance Heroes!

June 24, 2014 by Tracy

Some of the DSAA crew (Paul Owen, Claire Baker, Max Hoskins, Steve Freeman and Mark Williams)-001Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is calling on the general public and those who work or volunteer within the sector to submit nominations for this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.

After winning last year’s Special Incident Award, the Charity is hoping that the doctors, paramedics, staff, trustees and volunteers will receive even more nominations this year and become finalists in one or more of the nine categories on offer which include:

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Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year

Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year

Air Ambulance Pilot of the Year

Air Ambulance Campaign of the Year

Charity Staff Member of the Year

Charity Volunteer of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Outstanding Young Person Award

Special Incident Award

Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said, “People might think it would be easy to single out individuals and teams when putting forward nominations for awards such as this.  In fact, it’s really quite difficult.  Because the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence are judged and awarded by our peers and those who know the sector so well it makes them extremely special. 

Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence logo-001“This year, in addition to submitting nominations ourselves, we hope patients who have needed the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, the Patient receives care from Air Ambulance crewpublic who have attended our events, those who have experienced our volunteers at work and members of our staff and crew will submit nominations themselves.

“It is not until a patient makes contact with the Charity after needing our help that we get to hear the full details of their incident and indeed find out how their recovery is going.  These awards give those people an opportunity to do this and give recognition to the crew members which came to their assistance that day.

“Anyone can nominate an individual or team via the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) website: 

Incident at Lulworth Cove 2014-001These prestigious, independent awards are organised by the AAA and honour the exceptional contributions of staff and volunteers within the UK’s air ambulance community.  They are judged by a panel of experts, chaired by Guy Opperman MP.

The finalists in each category will be invited to attend the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence gala dinner in London on 17 November where the winners will be announced.

The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2014.  A brief review of last year’s Awards can be found at: