1. Dr Phil Hyde Awarded Inspiring Educator of the Year

    October 30, 2015 by Tracy

    Inspiring Educator of the Year Dr. Phil HydeCongratulations to Dr. Phil Hyde (Medical Lead for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, University Hospital Southampton NHS FT) who has been awarded the ‘Inspiring Educator of the Year’ Award at this years Shine Awards organised by Health Education Wessex.

    The event took place on Thursday 15th October after the Health Education Wessex Annual Conference and celebrates excellence in education and training of people to benefit NHS patients and service users across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and South Wiltshire.  Nearly 300 attended the event and presentations were made during the evening to those highly commended before the finalists and winners were announced.

    The Inspiring Educator of the Year Award recognises the people who mentor, supervise or train people ‘on the job’, helping and supporting the learning of students, trainees, perceptors and colleagues.  It is also awarded to those that are role models for their values and attitudes and recognises the part they play in educating the next generation and inspiring the current workforce.

    Our congratulations go to Phil on receiving this award which is extremely well deserved!

    More information and a full list of finalists can be found here.


  2. Secretary Of State for Health Praises Ambulance Services and Air Ambulance Charities

    October 29, 2015 by Tracy

    L to R - Bill Sivewright Chair of Association of Air Ambulances, Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Chloe Smith MP Norwich North & Chair of the APPGAA, Clive Dickin National Director Association of Air Ambulances

    A reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 26 October 2015. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance services.

    We were delighted to be able to meet some of Dorset and Somerset's MPs in person during the event, all of whom were keen to find out more about the Charity and the plans we have for the future.

    In her opening speech, Chloe Smith explained how she was honored to be the chair of such a dynamic group of organisations that do amazing work within the community.  She explained that the APPGAA was there to help engage local MP’s in the delivery of air ambulance activity.

    The Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt delivered a speech which praised the work of the UK’s air ambulances and ambulance services:

    L to R - DSAA Trustee Anna Phillips, MP for Somerton and Frome David Warburton and MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow“In July I was lucky enough to experience the amazing work you deliver to the most critically ill. It was one of the most impressive things I have seen and showed the NHS at its finest.  I would like to thank the paramedics, doctors and pilots who deliver these services; I am amazed how you all unwind at the end of your day after looking after these very ill NHS patients.  I would also like to thank the volunteers across the UK for all their dedication and hard work.”

    The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of air ambulance charities, ambulance services and the supply chain throughout the UK, supported the reception for the third year, bringing patients, charities, ambulance services and legislators together.L to R DSAA Charity Manager Julie Plowden, Critical Care Paramedic Claire Baker, DSAA Trustee Anna Phillips, MP for Somerton and Frome David Warburton and Dr Phil Hyde

    Bill Sivewright, Chairman of the AAA and CEO of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance thanked everyone for their attendance and welcomed the Secretary of State’s comments.  He responded:

    “Our focus is entirely on patients and we must deliver a seamless service to ensure we do not develop in silos. To that end, I am confident that all the members of the Association of Air Ambulances do their bit, be that funded by charities or by the NHS to ensure we deliver the best possible service we can.”

    More information on the APPGAA and the air ambulance community can be found on the AAA website by visiting: www.aoaa.org.uk

  3. Events Supporting Our Charity

    by Lara Lucas

    For events postDon’t forget to check out our online events calendar for events taking place over the next couple of weeks that are either in aid of the charity, or that we are attending with a stall!

    There are more than likely to be events taking place across Dorset and Somerset which we are unaware of. If you are organising an event in aid of us, please contact the office on 01823 669604 and we will be happy to help you promote this.

    To view all events on our online events calendar, click here.

  4. Fifth Taunton Boules Tournament raises £2,600 for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

    October 27, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Summerfield’s Executive Chairman Richard Lloyd presents the Cup and prizes to Setsquare Recruitment’s first team

    40 teams from Taunton and surrounds came together on an unseasonably chilly day on 3rd September to enjoy an afternoon of Boules and networking in the lovely grounds of Woodlands Castle.

    The standard of fancy dress was excellent but the undisputed winners were Ashfords B team with their French mime artiste Marcel Marceau costumes. The Ashfords A team wore the same outfits but carelessly forgot to put their make-up on. Special mentions also go to the Mexicans (Davies Holdings ‘Davies Sports’ team), the Unstoppa-boules onion ladies from Porter Dodson and the Hawaiian-inspired Rule Brettania (Peter Brett Associates) team.

    Taunton Deane Borough Council fought a hard battle to win 8-5 over Boules of Steel (Porter Dodson) in the final to win the Plate.

    Setsquare Recruitment, taking part in the tournament for the first time, entered two teams and both made it to the Cup final! However, once there the seniors were trounced by the younger generation 0-7 and Setsquare One took the coveted prize.

    The event was held in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and, topped up with a contribution from Summerfield, raised a total of £2,600. Debbie Birtwisle, their fundraising co-ordinator, gave a most interesting presentation on the operation of the air ambulance, full of facts we had never thought about.

  5. Sundowner Spectacular!

    October 26, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Promo PicThe Sundowner Café at Beachside Holiday Park in Somerset organised a joint fundraising event in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance recently. The café asked the Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Car Club (BCVC) if they would organise a car show in aid of the Charity. The group jumped at the chance and asked their friends at the Blueridge Runners American Auto Club to join them.

    Although the event was faced with poor weather, the sun did manage to make an appearance. Over £600 was raised on the day from collection boxes, a raffle, donations from both the car clubs, a sponsored head shave by the owner of the café, together with other monies raised throughout the year. Rob Coombes, Vice Chairman of BCVC said: “We didn’t realise just how popular this event was going to be. Plans are already in the process of being made for next year and once again the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will benefit from the proceeds.”

  6. Bookstall Bonanza

    October 22, 2015 by Lara Lucas


    Staff and customers at the Co-operative Food Store in Bridport have raised £7,000 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by selling unwanted and second-hand books.

    The store has a bookstall bursting with a variety of genres that have been donated by staff and customers. All books are available to purchase for the small sum of 50p and many of these have included new releases and best-sellers. With a fresh instalment of books being introduced frequently, many customers and staff have brought their books back after reading them in exchange for more. The simple yet popular fundraising initiative was thought of by a member of staff working at the store. Since its launch in 2010, it has raised over £30,000 for the Charity!

    Store Manager Rob Garland presented Fundraising Manager Tina Viksna with the money raised when she visited the store recently. He said: “We are very proud of everyone who works here and for the support that we have received from the community. The people of Bridport are very passionate about the air ambulance.” Our thanks go to the Bridport community and staff working at the Co-operative Food Store for their generosity and support over the years.


  7. Airlift News!

    October 20, 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 28.09.15 – 18.10.15

    Weston-Super-Mare – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Marnhull – Elderly Female – Unconscious – Patient and Dr conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Sherborne – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Poole – Toddler Male – Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Poole Hospital

    Chickerell – Child Female – Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Gussage All Saints – Adult Female - Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Shaftesbury – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Midsomer Norton – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Bristol – Child Female – Suffered a Fall – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Wells – 2 Patients - Suffered a Fall – On Scene

    Wareham – Adult Male – Paragliding Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Pennymoor – Adult Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

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

    Pill – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Land Crew Request – Dr Requested – Patient and aircrew conveyed by land vehicle to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Weymouth – Elderly Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient and aircrew conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Shaftesbury – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Marston Bigot – Adult Male – Incident with Safe – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital Bristol

    Sutton Mallet – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Axbridge – Elderly Female – Fitting – Patient Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Street - Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

  8. Lottery Results!

    October 16, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    LotteryCongratulations to the winners of this week’s Flight for Life Lottery!

    Our Lottery draw takes place every Friday. The results get posted to our website automatically once the draw is made. You can check whether you are one of the lucky winners by visiting our lottery pages or by clicking HERE. You can also find all the information you need on how to join the Lottery by clicking HERE. It only costs £1 a week and by joining you could be in with a chance of winning one of our cash or consolations prizes every week!

  9. Bowled Over!

    October 15, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    bowled over newMembers of Bridport Bowling Club had a fantastic time at their yellow themed Charity Day recently. After an enjoyable game of bowls, members tucked into a scrummy cream tea and also held a raffle. Many of the prizes donated by club members were considered too good to raffle so they held an auction with the proceeds from the day going to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Additionally, the club raised money for the Charity during their tour of Wales and included a daily swindle and fines night for those who had committed various misdemeanours throughout the tour. In total, Bridport Bowling Club raised £1,085 for the Charity.

  10. Close Shave

    October 14, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Close ShaveEd Beardsley from Street in Somerset was a clean shaven man when he met his wife Gill in 1963. Over the duration of their marriage, Ed has grown his beard three times with the most recent taking residence for 39 years!

    After much encouragement from Gill to get his beard shaved off, Ed finally agreed and decided to take the plunge in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Karen Fellows from a barber shop in Street had the pleasure of returning Ed to his former glory which raised £259 for the Charity.


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