National Air Ambulance Week is a Flying Success!

September 30, 2015 by Lara Lucas

Ambulance1National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) took place last week.  In a bid to raise awareness of the work we do within the community, our EC135 helicopter and crew flew-in to locations across the two counties and gave locals the opportunity to meet our team.

Staff, volunteers and the Charity’s mascot ‘Dasher’ attended the events which were subject to operational commitments on the day.

On Tuesday, the first of the scheduled fly-ins went ahead as planned. Pupils from St. Dunstan’s school in Glastonbury erupted with cheer as soon as the helicopter was in sight and the crew were greeted to an amazing reception when they landed. Staff, students and members of the public were able to meet the crew who were on hand to answer questions and show some of the equipment used when attending an incident.

Unfortunately on Wednesday, the planned fly-in to Kingston Maurward College had to be cancelled due to operational commitments.  The crew were called to an incident just as the helicopter was preparing to land which was disappointing for those awaiting the arrival, however everyone totally understood that our main priority is to those in need.

DSC00534Thursday saw a visit by our team to Minehead Middle School whose pupils had a hands-on demonstration of equipment.  Some experienced being lifted on a stretcher and others had the chance to try on a paramedic’s helmet.  The school gave the crew a sensational send off by waving, clapping and cheering as they departed.

Finally, on Friday we paid a visit to Hengistbury Head in Christchurch.  The weather was beautiful and the turnout by members of the public was fantastic.  ‘Dasher’ was once again in appearance, to the delight of the children (and adults too for that matter), who jumped at the opportunity to have their photograph taken with him.

We would like to thank everyone who supported Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance during NAAW.   Whether you attended one of our fly-ins, made a donation, raised money thorough collections or supported us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, your support is greatly appreciated.

Our thanks go to all those who hosted these events, our volunteers who came out in force and to the marshals who helped make them a safe and enjoyable occasion.

A selection of photographs and videos taken during the week can be viewed by clicking here.