1. What a Treat!

    April 28, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    PlatinumGoldDo you have a sweet tooth? Are you looking for an opportunity to start up your own business? Then this could be something to tickle your fancy!

    Sweet Treats donations offer quality sweets and snacks in an ‘honesty box’ which is left at various outlets and businesses across the Dorset and Somerset area. There are more than 60 different choices available with nostalgic flavours such as vanilla fudge, milk chocolate peanuts, chocolate brazil nuts and coconut mushrooms or delicious cakes such as chocolate cherry crunchy cake and caramel shortbread. With such a variety, there’s sure to be something to tickle your taste buds!

    Sweet Treats are offering Gold and Platinum Package franchise opportunities for people who would like to run their own business and raise money for our cause.  If you would like further information on the franchise opportunity or simply want to have a Sweet Box located at your workplace, call:  01271 268323 or visit their website: www.sweettreatdonations.com


  2. Airlift News!

    April 24, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind will only issue information which has been approved by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT). As a result, we only disclose information on the incidents that satisfy these rules.

    From 30.03.15 – 19.04.15

    Frome – Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Frome – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Buckland Newton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Okeford Fitzpaine – Elderly Male – Collapse – Conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Piddletrenthide – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Donhead St Head – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Midsomer Norton – Elderly Male – Breathing Difficulties – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Bishops Lydeard – Male – Suffered a Fall – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Chewton Mendip – Road Traffic Incident – Cleared at Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Ludwell – Adult Male – Fall from Paraglider – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Parkstone – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Frome – Elderly Female – RRV Request – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Bridgwater – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    West Lydford – Child Female – Injured by horse – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Yeovil – Elderly Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Chard – Elderly Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Yeovil Hospital - Adult Female – Head Injury – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Westonzoyland – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Head Injury – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Broadwindsor – Adult Female – RRV Request – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Shepton Mallet – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Misterton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Frome – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Blandford – Adult Male – Land Crew Request – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Langport – Toddler Female – Suffered Burns – On Scene – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Allerford – Adult Female – Land Crew Request – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Hurn – RRV Request - Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Isle Abbotts – Teenager Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Farrington – Teenager Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Storton Caundle – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Corton Denham - Adult Male – Fall from Pushbike – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Priddy Wells – Teenager Male –  Fall from Motocross Bike – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

    Corfe Mullen – Teenager Female – Horse Riding Incident - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

     


  3. Free event for animal lovers this weekend in Somerset

    by Lara Lucas

    VetThis Sunday 26th April, White Lodge Veterinary Clinic will be holding a free event from 1pm – 3pm at Elicombe Farm in Minehead, Somerset to celebrate their brand new Equine Clinic and Farm Practice.

    The Grand Opening event will have something for animal lovers and all of the family with:

    • Guided tours of the new facilities
    • Live veterinary displays
    • Opportunity to meet Spring Lambs, Jersey Calves, Miniature and Shire Horses
    • Competition Plough Horses and Champion Miniature Horse
    • Veterinary team, suppliers and representatives available for advice
    • Animal feed store
    • Grand prize draw with prizes including animal photoshoots, ‘a day with a vet’ and hampers from local businesses such as Stuart Lowen and Miles Tea!

     

    All proceeds from the event will be going to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and The Countryside Alliance. So what could be better than an afternoon of fun for all the family and raising money for charity at the same time! For further information, please visit the organiser’s website http://www.whitelodgevetclinic.co.uk/home.html


  4. Somerset Lions Fund Baby Pod

    April 22, 2015 by Lara Lucas
    Pictured:  Members from the Lions Clubs across Somerset present £7,600 to the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at the charity’s airbase on 10th April 2015.

    Pictured: Members from the Lions Clubs across Somerset present £7,600 to the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at the charity’s airbase on 10th April 2015.

    Members of the Lions Clubs from Wells, Yeovil, Ilminster, Glastonbury and Street have raised £7,600 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The fundraising campaign aimed to raise enough funds for the charity to purchase a specialist ‘baby pod’ which will be used to provide inter-hospital transfers of critically ill children.

    Within the South and South West regions of England, critically ill and injured children receive specialist care within two centres – Bristol Children’s Hospital and Southampton Children’s Hospital. Both children’s hospitals have specific retrieval teams for safely moving children from district general hospitals to their specialist centres.

    The Baby Pod 2 infant transport device will enhance the service provided by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and enable their critical care team of doctors and paramedics to safely transport small infants in a similar manner as specialist retrieval teams.

    Baby Pod2The device will integrate with existing stretcher systems currently used on board the helicopter and weighs approximately 9kg. It consists of a light weight carbon fibre outer shell, transparent shields for viewing the patient, vacuum mattress with safety straps and a shock absorbent foam inner layer which ensures that the infant is transported safely and securely.

    The money raised by the Lions Clubs will be used to purchase the Baby Pod 2 (approximately £5,000), an initial supply of warming pads for the Pod and its integration into the aircraft.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “We cannot thank the Lions Club enough. Their generous donation will help us to make a significant contribution to the lives of a very vulnerable group of patients. The purchase of the Baby Pod 2 will make such a difference to so many lives and once again highlights our continued drive for providing clinical excellence to the patients we serve.

    “We are currently working with the paediatric retrieval teams at Southampton General Hospital and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to ensure that all aspects of clinical and aviation safety are in place and anticipate that the Baby Pod will be brought into use later this year, once all the clearances have been completed.”

    To view footage of how the use of a baby pod by Lee Solent Coastguard helped save the life of a critically ill 6 week old infant click here


  5. Everlasting Friendship

    by Lara Lucas

    Joy Kitteridge

    Friends of the late Joy Kitteridge from Swanage in Dorset have paid tribute to her by donating £476 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Members of the Studland Sequence Dancing Club, Mo Jivers and Swanage Table Tennis Group sadly lost their much loved friend Joy Kitteridge this January. During the last 18 months of her life, Joy actively co-ordinated fundraising efforts amongst her friends via monthly raffles and Christmas collections instead of sending each other cards. To honour the memory and wishes of Joy, her friends decided to give donations at her funeral service instead of giving flowers.

    Dorset fundraising co-ordinator Leanne Colverson, visited Studland Village Hall on 2nd April and was humbled to receive the money from Joy’s daughter Christine Godson and Ann Figg, leader of the Studland Sequence Group. Joy’s friend Susan Upton said: “Everyone was saying what a lovely evening it had been and how much more they now knew about the work done by the air ambulance. We will continue our raffles and send the proceeds after our ’Don't send Christmas cards - put something in the box event’."

    Joy Kitteridge Cheque Presentation


  6. 1 month to go: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015!

    April 17, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    It’s exactly one month until our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015 gets underway on Sunday 17th May. Preparations for the event are in full swing and we are hoping that this year will be the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet!

    The 54 mile cycle ride will leave from Watchet Harbour in Somerset at 11:00am for club enthusiasts and at 11:15am for the less experienced riders and finish at West Bay in Dorset. A shorter 11 mile route begins at Drimpton in Dorset at 2:00pm and also finishes at West Bay.

    With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some demanding hill climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone.

    Tina Viksna, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager said:  “We are delighted that so many people want to take part in this event.  With only 600 places available, demand is always high and it is usually sold out within a few days of registration being open.  Last year, the cyclists helped raise over £60,000 by encouraging their friends and family to sponsor them and we really hope that they can top that this year.

    “Additionally, we hope that the public will come out in support of the cyclists, cheering them on at the starting point, along the route and at the finishing line celebrations at West Bay.”

    In addition to the fundraising and sponsorship of the cyclists, donations can be made in support of this event online or by mobile phone by texting COAS05 £5 to 70070.

    To view the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge route, click here.


  7. Dorset Bluebirds Falling from the Skies

    April 13, 2015 by Lara Lucas
    Pictured Kelly Samuels and Chris Scriven, Director of Bluebird Care Dorset

    Pictured: Kelly Samuels and Chris Scriven, Director of Bluebird Care Dorset

    Staff from Bluebird Care in Dorset are taking to the skies in a bid to raise £1,500 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance this Saturday 18th April.

    The six brave thrill-seekers will test their nerves and jump from over 10,000 feet by doing a tandem freefall skydive at Salisbury Airfield. If that wasn’t enough, the group will also hold a raffle and cake sale to further aid their fundraising efforts.

    Caroline Flay, Operations Manager for Bluebird Care Dorset said: “We wanted this to be a real team-building event as well as a fundraiser. We have one Care Worker from each of our four offices taking part along with two members of our management team. The activity itself was suggested by one of our Weymouth Care Workers and hope that those taking on the challenge will be able to identify with the high-altitude work performed by the air ambulance crew every day!”

    We were thrilled to announce in December last year that Bluebird Care in Dorset had chosen us as their charity of the year.  In addition to their skydive event this Saturday, they have additional events planned for later in the year and have set themselves a challenging goal of raising £5,000! Go team Bluebird!

    To support the team at Bluebird Care, you can visit their online fundraising pages:

    Holli can be sponsored by visiting her fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=HolliBash

    Or other staff members can be sponsored through the team page at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/BBC-parachuters