1. A Thirst for Knowledge!

    January 28, 2016 by Lara Lucas
    Winning Quiz Team, 'Sixet'

    Winning Quiz Team, 'Sixet'

    Residents from Minehead, Somerset put on their quiz hats for a fantastic night of trivia and laughter in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    One of the charity’s wonderful volunteers, Ron Sidewater, organised the night which was held at Minehead Social Club. He also took on the role of quiz master whilst his wife Peggy kept the evening in order as scorer and adjudicator.

    Fourteen teams put their understanding of history, geography, local and general knowledge to the test. An amusing picture round on the Highway Code proved an interesting challenge before ‘Sixet’ were announced as the winning team.

    Everyone had a wonderful night and raised £490 in aid of the Charity. Brilliance at its best!


  2. Oake Manor Surprise!

    January 25, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    sue featureDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Volunteer Sue Small, had a delightful surprise when she attended an event on behalf of the Charity.

    Sue and her husband Terry, attended a golf tournament at Oak Manor Golf Club in Somerset and whilst they were there, Sue decided to purchase some raffle tickets. To her amazement, one of her tickets was drawn as the top prize and she won a Mercedes SLK Sports Car for the weekend worth £72,000!

    Sue does not drive, but had the delight of being chauffeured around in the sports car by Terry for a weekend and she enjoyed every minute. Sue said: “This would not have happened if I had not been working as a volunteer for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. It was simply amazing!”


  3. Lottery Results!

    January 22, 2016 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!


  4. Airlift News!

    January 21, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind 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 16.11.15 – 17.01.16

    Wells – Toddler Male – Choking – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Poole – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – RRV Request – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Chickerell – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Sturminster Newton – Adult Male – Arm Injury – On Scene

    Marnhull – Elderly Female – Unconscious – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Bournemouth – Toddler Female – Possible Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Corscombe – Adult Female - Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Milton On Stour – Adult Male – Pelvic Injury – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Shaftesbury – Elderly Female – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Beaminster – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Henstridge – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – D&S RRV – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Gillingham – Adult Male – Leg Injury – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Goathurst – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Frampton – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Shaftesbury – Baby Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Henstridge – Adult Female – Unconscious – D&S RRV – Doctor and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Green Ore – 2 Patients - Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV On Scene

    Gillingham – Adult Male – Possible Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

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

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

    Rockbourne – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Salisbury District Hospital

    Yeovil to Chinnock – Adult Female - Road Traffic Incident – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Mark – Adult Female – Cow Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Silton – Adult Male – Possible Stroke – Land Crew Request – On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Frome – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – D&S RRV – Patient land assisted to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Hatch Beauchamp – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Piddlehinton – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Sturminster Newton – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – D&S RRV – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Frome – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Lydford – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Somerton to Compton Dundon – Road Traffic Incident – 2 Patients - On Scene

    Templecombe – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Chetnole – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Bruton – Adult Male - Breathing Difficulties – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Leigh Common – Adult Female – Horse Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Edmondsham – Teenage Female – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV – Doctor and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Southampton General Hospital

    Stogursey – Elderly Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Glastonbury – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV On Scene

    Templecombe – Adult Female – Possible Cardiac Arrest – On Scene First - Patient conveyed to Yeovil District Hospital

    Dorchester – Adult Male – Horse Incident – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Taunton – Adult Male – Possible Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Cheddar – Adult Male – Skateboarding Incident – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Lyme Regis – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Weymouth – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Land Crew Request – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Weymouth – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Wolgarston to Corfe Castle ­– Adult Female - Pushbike Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Milborne Port – Teen Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

     

     


  5. Coast to Coast 2015 Prize Winners Presentation

    January 18, 2016 by Lara Lucas
    Pictured:  Left to right: Chris Norris (Over 16), Emilie Gordon and Charles Richardson (Team o Tumblers), Amelia Fleming (Under 16), Bill Sivewright (DSAA, Chief Executive Officer)

    Pictured: Left to right: Chris Norris (Over 16), Emilie Gordon and Charles Richardson (Team o Tumblers), Amelia Fleming (Under 16), Bill Sivewright (DSAA, Chief Executive Officer)

    We were delighted to welcome the 2015 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge prize winners to our airbase on Saturday to present them with their fundraising trophies.

    Last year’s event saw a total of 553 cyclists take to the road, raising over £64,000 for the Charity.  It was a wonderful day with so many stories of courage and determination.

    Prizes are awarded annually to those who raise the most in sponsorship in three different categories; Over 16, Under 16 and Team.

    Chris Norris, aged 66 from Evercreech, took part for the second year running completing the 54 mile route. Chris’s son Sam Norris, tragically lost his life in a road traffic incident in 2009. Chris had taken part the previous year to prove to himself that he could do it, however in 2015 he wanted to try and raise as much in sponsorship as possible.  He encouraged his friends and family to support him and raised a whopping £1,949.38

    Chris explained: “By far, the best bit is the feeling of achievement when you cross the finish line knowing that you have raised money for such a vital service.  The fish and chips at West Bay were definitely a highlight too.  The hardest part of the challenge for me was when I started training.  I seriously wondered if I would be able to manage the hills, but I did.”

    Amelia Fleming, aged 12 from Maiden Newton, cycled the 11 mile route from Drimpton to West Bay.  Her mum Rechenda, knew of a lady who was taken to hospital by air ambulance after a riding accident which was one of the main reasons that they both took part.  Amelia set up a JustGiving page before sending an email to all her friends and family asking for their support.  Her godfather who lives in London was particularly generous and really kick started her fundraising.

    Rechenda commented on her daughter’s achievement and said: “It was amazing.  The finish line at West Bay was full of supporters cheering and clapping, the atmosphere was brilliant and we loved getting a medal and goody bag too!  The 11 mile route was really not too difficult and only took us an hour.  Amelia raised £227.50 which we are really proud of and we would definitely like to be involved with other fundraising events for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in the future.”

    Team o Tumblers, once again came out in force.  It’s not hard to spot this group of hunting and equine enthusiasts who take part as a team.  Thirty six members who are totally united in supporting Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance wore branded shirts and challenged themselves over the 54 mile route for the second year.  In total, they raised a staggering £19,601.90 and together cycled a total of 1,994 miles!

    Each member has their own reason for wanting to take part and most have an incredible story to tell.  Unitedly, they cheer each other as each one crosses the finish line which creates a buzz to the already electric atmosphere.

    Spokesperson Rupert Rees said: “The comradery between the team is great.  The event enables the group to do something different outside of our everyday lives and raise money for a cause that is extremely close to our hearts.

    “Individually we set a target of raising £100 per member which seems quite a low ask.  As you can see by how much we raised last year, everyone far exceeded that.  This is because the cause is so important to us.  Many of us know someone who has needed the air ambulance or indeed might need them in future.  This is our way of saying thanks and showing our support.  It’s a jolly good day out in aid of a charity that we love.  It’s just got to be done!”


  6. Fundraising with a Punch!

    January 8, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    DSCF6244Three martial arts schools from Midsomer Norton in Somerset, held a special 3 hour seminar to share ideas and raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    The key theme for the seminar was preparing for a real-life self defence situation. Students from P.U.M.A. Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Fung Fu exchanged exceptional self defence techniques and had a fantastic day in the process. Instead of charging a fee for the session, donations were made in aid of the Charity which amounted to £245.


  7. All the Excitement of Yesteryear!

    January 7, 2016 by Lara Lucas

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    Transport of Yesteryear’s Annual Fun Day and Car Show will once again support the Charity this year! The popular Dorset event which is now in its 18th year, will take place from 10.00am – 5.00pm on 26th June at School Hill in Chickerell. The event promises excitement for all ages with a spectacular day of music and entertainment, and of course an array of classic and vintage vehicles to delight motor enthusisasts. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a variety of fairground rides, trade stands, food stalls, car boot sale, arts and crafts and a grand prize draw. Transport of Yesteryear started the event just eight weeks after it was formed in 1999 and since then, have supported the Charity for many years.

    Volunteers Ron Bishop and Pam Eamer were delighted to meet Club Chairman, Carle Grahame and Muriel Ovens recently to receive last years fundraising cheque which totalled £1,250. Thank you to the club and their members for their continued support.

    For more information about the event, please contact Carle Grahame on 07808 783912.


  8. GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW RESULTS!

    December 18, 2015 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 Christmas. Our 2015 draw took place on Wednesday 16th December. We were astounded by the amount of support we received this year as a total of £102,446 tickets were sold. Our congratulations go to the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!

    DSAA GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW 2015 WINNERS

    £1,000 - Mrs A Slater, Wareham (Ticket number 571654)

    £250 - Mrs B Yalden, Portland (Ticket number 502010)

    £150 - Mr R C Turner, Gillingham (Ticket number 664646)

    £125 - Mr F J Seal, South Chard (Ticket number 60877)

    £100 - T Plain, Wimborne (Ticket number 517650)


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

    December 17, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    The start of C2C at Watchet Harbour HR-001Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 6th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully booked for 2016.

    The event, which is not a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 15th May 2016.

    With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, it was no surprise that within 3 days and 4 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 £64,000 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 ever popular.  We always knew there would be a demand for places, but to have sold out within 3 days and 4 hours of registration being open is amazing and a credit to everyone involved whether they be organising, volunteering or taking part.

    “This will be our sixth 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.

    “For thosDSAA in actione 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.” Individuals in the over 16 and under 16 catagories who raise the highest amount through sponsorship, will win a brand new bicycle courtesy of Bicycle Chain Ltd!

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown  more than 10,900 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.


  10. Enter 2016 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Here!

    December 14, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    startThank you to everyone for their patience whilst trying to enter for the 2016 Coast to Coast this morning. We have experienced some technical difficulties and are pleased to confirm that these have now been resolved.

    To enter, please click here

     


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