1. Lottery Results!

    January 13, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    Congratulations 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 to know 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!


  2. Upton Noble Beer Festival raises funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

    January 9, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    DAN Hurring, Chairman of Upton Noble Beer Festival, presented a cheque for £180 to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance representative Helen Jefferis recently. The money was raised during September’s beer festival, with the local Air Ambulance one of three charities to benefit from the event’s funds.

    Dan Hurring said: “The Air Ambulance means a lot to local people. Not long ago it attended someone who had suffered a serious accident in our own village, so to raise funds for such a great cause gives us a great deal of satisfaction. It makes organising the festival incredibly worthwhile when we see that we can contribute to charities so close to villagers’ hearts.”

     


  3. Vobster Santa Dive 2016

    January 3, 2017 by Tracy

    This year’s Vobster Santa Dive has once again been hailed a huge success with hundreds of bearded Santa’s jumping into Vobster Quay on Sunday 18th December 2016 to raise money for charity.

    Sponsorship money raised from the event once again supported the RNLI.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteers attended on the day with an information and merchandise stand whilst selling tickets for a fantastic raffle which included prizes donated by some of the biggest brands in dive equipment.  This raised over £1,500.

    Vobster Quay owner Martin Stanton said:

    "It's been almost 10 years since the first charity Santa dive took place at Vobster Quay and every year the event gets bigger and bigger.  It's a superb way for divers to say a massive thank you to the both the RNLI and the Air Ambulance, two organisations that, together, are responsible for saving so many lives every year.”

    Photographs kindly provided and copyrighted to: Western Daily Press / Clare Green Photography


  4. The Festival Run and its volunteers raise £11,000 for local charities !

    by Lara Lucas

    festival-run-2016-cheque-handover-1The Festival Run held two formal presentations of money raised by the 2016 Festival Run. The Run presented David Collins of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with a cheque for £5,500, and a cheque for £5,500 to Andy Tilling of the Alzheimer's Society South West. Both expressed keen appreciation of the generosity of the 800 runners who had entered the Run.

    Dave Collins said “This is the second largest cheque I have had the pleasure to receive on behalf of the Air Ambulance. It is heart warming to see the appreciation of the communities we serve with our emergency services”.

    Andy Tilling said “We were delighted when the Run chose The Alzheimer's Society to share in the benefit from the runners’ entrance fees from the 2016 Run. We have a lively programme to support a sadly increasing number of sufferers locally such as ‘Singing for the Brain’. We will put your money to good use”.

    The strong community spirit of Pilton was shown by the 100+ volunteers who marshalled the course, parked cars, handed out running numbers, baked and sold cakes, managed the start & finish and other important tasks for the 2016 Festival Run. Michael Eavis generously let us use his site and started the Runs.

    The BBC and other media covered it, with many commenting on the happiness of the runners (despite the hills) and the extraordinary spirit that led 100+ people from a village of 800 to come together to organize the Run on a community basis, and to marshal it so successfully.

    The enjoyment of the runners who came from all over the South West and as far away as London, Rugby and Coventry, can be seen in a few of the flood of social media comments they made afterwards –

    We had such a fun day, beautiful weather, a challenging course and such great volunteers. Looking forward to next year already!”;  “So well organized, the marshals and volunteers did a brilliant job so a big thank you to them. I'll be back for the next one!” and “Loved my first running event (5k). Already looking forward to next year's. May even start training for the 10k" :"Thought everything was super organized and the marshals and all the volunteers did a fantastic job on the day”.