1. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    July 28, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Don’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!

    • Phoenix Horse Pleasure Ride
    • Porlock Country Fair
    • Swanage Town Band Concert
    • Bridgwater Classic Car Show
    • Woolbridge 55th Anniversary Car Tour

     

    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.


  2. Live Tweets Today from 999 Control Room

    July 25, 2016 by Tracy

    Following on from the huge success of their first tweetathon, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is repeating the event today from their Bristol clinical hub.

    The event takes place HEMS Desk at Exeter Control Roombetween 8am and 6pm and gives you the opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience what it is like working in a busy 999 control room.

    More than 2,500 incidents a day are managed by The Trust where help, advice and reassurance are always offered. The shift coincides with one of the busiest times of the year for the Trust as many people begin their summer holidays in the region.

    Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of SWASFT, said: “A huge variety of calls come through our hubs every day. Tweeting about some of the calls we receive gives the public a greater view on what happens when you make that 999 call.

    “It is also the start of the summer holidays so we encourage people to choose well and remember to please only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency. If you need medical help but it isn’t urgent there are other options available to you. You could call NHS111, visit your GP or pharmacy or visit your minor injury unit.”

    Ken Wenman also added: “The tweetathon shows the public how busy our ambulance service really is and helps steer people to choose the right healthcare provider for their medical need. Remember 999 should only be used in a real emergency”

    SWASFT LogoYou can follow the tweetathon via the Twitter page @swasFT using the hashtag #swasftLive


  3. Annie Maw’s Diamond Challenge

    July 19, 2016 by Tracy

    Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset and DSAA Patron Annie MawAnnie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Patron has begun her 60 mile Tramper Trek Challenge to mark the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  Annie’s mode of transport is her Tramper which is an electric vehicle for people who, like herself are unable to walk.

    There will be a 15 mile route in each of the four corners of the county.  The journey began yesterday near Great Elm (Wellow), in BANES and will finish at Glastonbury Abbey, at the end of the week, where countless pilgrims in times gone by, have completed equally challenging journeys.

    On the way she will visit Radstock and the outskirts of Frome, the sea front in Weston super Mare, Cheddar, Porlock Post and Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor, Dunster, the West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Bruton and Ditcheat on her way to Glastonbury.

    Annie commented by saying: “Somerset is full of energetic people who spend time and effort on all kinds of activities and ideas whose objective is to improve and preserve the special way of life we have in this, the most unique, varied and spectacular of counties.

    “Our intention is to show the world what a brave and beautiful county we live in. We would like to raise people's awareness of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and of the Lieutenancy's role in promoting projects like this which were founded by a member of the Royal family who the Lieutenancy represents in each of our counties in the UK. Alongside this purpose, we hope that each of the places we pass through will allow us to publicise the projects and activities which the community is working on at the moment.

    “We are proud to be supporting them and to be promoting Somerset, our county.”

    Everyone at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance wishes Annie good luck on her journey.  The weather will definitely be a challenge too, given the mini heat wave we seem to be having.   Please come out and support her along the route or follow and comment on Annie’s progress via the DofE Tramper Trek Facebook Page.


  4. Grand Summer Draw Results

    July 18, 2016 by Tracy

    In addition to our weekly lottery, the Charity holds two GRAND LOTTERY DRAWS every year.  These take place during the Summer and at Christmas. Our 2016 Summer Draw took place on Thursday 14th July. We were once again astounded by the amount of support we received as a total of £96,501 tickets were sold. Our congratulations go to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!

    DSAA GRAND SUMMER DRAW 2016 WINNERS

    £1,000   W Watton, Bournemouth (Ticket number 637259)

    £250      Mrs M Howard, Bournemouth (Ticket number 379525)

    £150      Mr H Hemmens, Highbridge (Ticket number 50663) 

    £125      Mrs P Coulstock, St. Leonards (Ticket number 553733)

    £100      Mr R Burgess, Winscombe (Ticket number 178024)

    To find out  more about joining our Weekly Lottery Draw, please click HERE.