December 23, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Flight for Life LotteryIn 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 Christmas Draw took place on Thursday 22nd December. We were once again astounded by the amount of support we received as a total of £103,777 tickets were sold. Our congratulations go to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!


    £1,000   Mrs K Crew, Weston-Super-Mare (Ticket number 206542)

    £250      Mrs D Davidson, Huish Episcopi (Ticket number 80091)

    £150      Mr A Brown, Weymouth (Ticket number 585849) 

    £125      Mrs M Liddiard, Bournemouth (Ticket number 638910)

    £100      Mr P Woodman, Thorncombe (Ticket number 62038)

  2. Blackmore Vale Revival

    December 22, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    cheque-presentation-to-air-ambulanceWell over 2,000 people attended this year’s Blackmore Vale Revival event which was held at Henstridge Airfield during the summer.  Classic and Vintage vehicles were joined by Model and Vintage aircraft in what was deemed a brilliant event.  There were trade and rural craft stalls, children’s games, live music, entertainment, a Grand Raffle with amazing prizes and so much more.

    Members of the organising committee Mike and Liz Marks, Ray and Wendy Cable and George and Liz Wagland were delighted to present a cheque for £1,250 to Leanne Colverson (DSAA Fundraising Coordinator) and said that the Blackmore Vale Revival event in 2017 would be even bigger and better!


  3. New DSAA Cycle Jerseys Available!

    December 21, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    c2c-back c2c-frontHave you been lucky enough to book a place on our sell-out 2017 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge? We are delighted to confirm that we now have Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance cycle jerseys available to purchase from our online shop!

    Our branded cycle jerseys are available in various sizes for men, women and children and are the perfect way to show your support for the Charity during the cycle ride. Manufactured by Kalas Sportswear, the cycle jerseys are made using the finest materials to provide functionality and comfort to the rider.

    The cost per cycle jersey (including postage) is £38 for men and women's sizes and £28 for children's sizes. Please note that there is limited availability with a 4-5 week turnaround period per order. To avoid disappointment, please ensure that you place your order well in advance of the event.

    To purchase one of our branded cycle jerseys, please visit our online shop HERE.

  4. Friendly boost from Oddfellows

    December 20, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    edit_9139Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is one of eleven charities who were supported by the Pride of Bournemouth and Brownsea Oddfellows this year.

    The group welcomed representatives from all the beneficiaries at a cheese and wine evening at the Parkstone Conservative Club, in Poole.   DSAA volunteer John Wheatley represented the Charity and received a cheque for £100 on our behalf before having an opportunity to give a short talk on the work of our service.

    Margaret White, secretary of the Pride of Bournemouth Oddfellows, said: “The majority of the charities have been chosen because they have at some point offered our members or their loved ones help and support in times of difficulty.”

    It is the first time that the Poole and Bournemouth branches have teamed up to hold an event to present cheques to local charities and for members to find out more about the good causes to which the branches contribute.  The presentation evening was part of the Oddfellows’ 200-year tradition of charitable giving, having always looked after young members and members’ children who have lost one or both parents.

  5. Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Fully Booked!

    December 14, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    start-from-watchet-harbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 7th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully booked for 2017.

    The event, which is not a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 14th May 2017.

    With only 600 places available and demand higher than ever, it was no surprise that within 11 hours of the Charity announcing on-line registration open, all places had been filled.

    Last year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £81,000 (including gift aid) for the life-saving Charity.

    The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances.  For those who like a challenge, the brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.

    With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone!  For those that don’t want to cycle that far, there is a shorter 11 mile route which begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said:

    “Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge has once again proved incredibly popular.  We know there is always a high demand for the 600 places available which is a credit to everyone involved, whether they be helping to organise, volunteering or taking part.

    “This will be our seventh year in the saddle and every year seems to get better and better.  With such a demand for places, there will undoubtedly be those who are disappointed not to gain a place.  We hope that they will continue to support the Charity and the cyclists taking part, by joining us on the day both at the start, on-route and at the finishing line celebrations.

    dsaa-in-actionFor those who have been fortunate enough to gain a place, we hope that they will encourage their friends and families to sponsor them so that we can raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown more than 11,500 missions since its launch in March 2000, saving many lives and aiding recovery with outstanding immediate care and rapid delivery to the hospital best suited to meet the patient’s needs.  With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, we rely on the generosity of the public and events like Coast to Coast for support.

  6. Porlock’s Walks

    by Lara Lucas
    Picture kindly taken by Maureen Harvey shows: Barbara Wilson, Diane Albutt, Alistair and Gill Campbell

    Picture kindly taken by Maureen Harvey shows: Barbara Wilson, Diane Albutt, Alistair and Gill Campbell

    Gill and Alistair Campbell launched their book of walks around Porlock and Exmoor more than five years ago.  Since then, over 1200 copies of "Porlock's Walks" has been sold, raising more than £2,500 for local charities.

    The book highlights a variety of walks in the North Exmoor area and includes a variety of distances which range from a couple of hours to all day walks.

    Gill and Alistair said, “Walkers will get some great views, enjoy the coast, the hills and the moor whilst seeing the wonderful wildlife it offers. We also visit some of the less well known places in the area like Blackford Dovecote and Mitcham Seat.  Every walk is updated each year; it is amazing how many changes happen during the year which is why we think it’s vital that visitors get accurate and up to date information.”

    Gill and Alistair were thrilled to be able to present a cheque for £100 to DSAA volunteers Barbara Wilson and Diane Albutt at the Porlock Country Fair.



  7. Enter the 2017 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Here!

    December 13, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    start-from-watchet-harbourThank you to everyone for their patience whilst trying to enter the 2017 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge this morning. We have experienced some technical difficulties and are pleased to confirm that these have now been resolved. To enter, please click here.


  8. Allianz ‘Twelfth Flight’ Campaign gives donors a chance to WIN a Garmin Vivoactive HR

    December 8, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    allianz_logoAllianz are continuing their fundraising for air ambulances across the UK with their latest Christmas Campaign ‘Twelfth Flight’ which runs from 6th – 17th December.   The initiative is aimed at raising enough money to fund 12 flights/missions (approximately £30,000) over the Christmas period and is part of a wider commitment to support air ambulances between 2016-2018.

    Every flight in an air ambulance costs on average £2,500. For each flight funded by the appeal, Allianz will give one lucky donor a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch (worth £200), in time for Christmas. The Vivoactive HR is GPS-enabled, has a built-in sports app that track your stats, together with smart notifications that allow you to stay connected – what better way to get in shape for the New Year!

    To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize and to be entered into the prize draw, simply donate £5 by visiting https://allianz-fundraising.co.uk/event/twelfth-flight. People can enter as many times as they like and please don’t forget to add Gift Aid to your donation.

    Allianz will match all of the money raised by the closing date of the appeal, or up to the target of £30,000, meaning that 24 flights could potentially be funded!

    All donations made to Allianz’s Corporate Charity Partner (Association of Air Ambulances Charity) will be equally distributed across all air ambulance charities that own or have contractual rights over an air ambulance within the UK.

    For terms and conditions, please visit: https://allianz-fundraising.co.uk/content/twelfth-flight-terms-conditions-1

  9. Statement

    December 7, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    DSAAIn light of the recent fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance would, once again, like to confirm that it does not share or transfer personal information provided by our supporters to any other organisations or third parties, with the exception of our business partners. The Charity is registered under the Data Protection Act which defines UK law and ensures that a person’s rights, freedoms and privacy with respect to the processing of their personal data is respected and adhered to at all times.

    Any data held by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is for our own use. These details enable us to respond to requests for merchandise or fundraising items, pay thanks to those who support us and communicate key information about the Charity to those that request it.

    We do not communicate with any person who has asked us not to and personal details are kept confidential at all times.

  10. APPGAA Annual Reception

    by Lara Lucas

    michael-gallagher-dsaa-trustee-michael-tomlinson-mp-bill-sivewright-dsaa-ceo-rebecca-pow-mp-dr-tony-doyle-and-critical-care-parmedic-paul-owenA reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 28 November 2016. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance services.

    Jim introduced Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Social Society who thanked the APPGAA for all their hard work before addressing the audience.   Rob highlighted the excellent outcome of the Autumn Statement last week where air ambulances were a major beneficiary in being awarded £10.8 million from the banking fines fund (LIBOR).

    Rob Wilson MP said:

    “Air ambulances across the UK have grown to play a key role in our emergency services response capacity.  The latest award of £10.8 million is in addition to the £24 million previously allocated in previous statements, however there is a possibility that these funds will run out in the not too distant future.

    david-warburton-mp-with-dsaa-representatives-bill-sivewright-tracy-bartram-and-michael-gallagher“The air ambulance network needs to consider not only how to continue saving lives but also ways to enhance the network so that they can continue saving lives into the future.  It is making great use of their 2,500 volunteer community in many different ways.  The UK is the second most generous nation in the world donating £11 billion to good causes.  My goal is to create an environment so that the voluntary sector can create a sustainable future.  The public must trust that their fundraising is going to great causes and you have my continued support as the Minister of Social Society.”

    Representatives from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were delighted to be able to meet some of our local 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.

    Jim Fitzpatrick MP brought proceedings to a conclusion with a final message of thanks:

    “The APPGAA are here as your champions and your advocates in Parliament. Keep providing the amazing service that you do for our constituents; without you, many of them would not be around.”

    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 fourth year, bringing patients, charities, ambulance services and legislators together.

    More information on the APPGAA, Association of Air Ambulances and the air ambulance community can be found by visiting: www.aoaa.org.uk


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