1. Castle Cary and Ansford Carnival Society

    March 3, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Castle Cary and Ansford Carnival Society

    Our thanks go to the Castle Cary and Ansford Carnival Society who raised £250 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance from their recent carnival collections. Somerset Volunteer Graham Wheelen attended a cheque presentation on 6th February at Castle Cary Rugby Club where he was delighted to accept the cheque from members of the society. Many thanks to you all for your efforts and for the money raised.

  2. Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

    March 2, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Unity Lodge

    Our thanks go to the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (Unity Lodge No.8326) who raised £500 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance recently. Somerset volunteer John Gaynor attended a cheque presentation on 4th February at Trinity Club, Taunton where he was pleased to accept the cheque from unity lodge member Alan Potter. Thank you to you all, your donation is much appreciated.

  3. £5m Libor Donation to Air Ambulances Will Save Hundreds of Lives Each Year

    February 25, 2015 by Tracy

    o	Representatives from air ambulance charities, the AAA and MPs gather outside No.11 Downing StreetDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is set to benefit from a £5 million fund from Libor fines which will support air ambulance charities across the UK.  The charity is to receive £250,000 from the fund in addition to further savings from the relief of VAT paid by the charity.

    The funding was confirmed yesterday (24th February 2015) at a meeting between UK Chancellor George Osborne and the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), whose charity will distribute the money among the 20 local air ambulance charities set to benefit.

    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:

    “From enabling the fantastic Air Ambulance services to extend their flying hours, to helping build brand new specialist headquarters, this funding will play a vital role on helping to save hundreds of lives every year.  It is absolutely right that we use funds from those who demonstrated the worst values to reward those who demonstrate the best, like our hardworking air ambulance crews.”

    Today’s announcement follows extensive lobbying by the Association of Air Ambulances and is in addition to the Libor funds already announced for three air ambulance charities. It also follows the announcement of relief of VAT on air ambulance charities and aviation fuel which was announced last year.   Combined the changes will be worth over £15 million over the next 5 years.  This excellent news will potentially equate to 800 more patients per year being saved.

    Bill Sivewright and UK Chancellor, George OsborneBill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the AAA said:

    “I was delighted to be able to thank the Chancellor personally for his support.  In line with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s vision of delivering clinical excellence, it is intended to use the grant to construct and equip a facility to support advanced clinical training, night operations planning and provide crew support for extended hours of operations.  By doing so, we will be able to make full use of the capabilities of our new helicopter, due to enter service at the end of 2016.

    “The relief of VAT will also help to reduce the significant rise in operating costs associated with a larger helicopter, extended flying hours and future clinical developments.”

  4. Family Charity Cycle Ride

    February 19, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Charity Cycle Ride

    Not sure what to do with the family this summer? Want to get out of the house for a day of fun that will not cost you a fortune?

    Wimborne and Ferndown Lions Club are holding a Family Charity Cycle Ride on the 28th June 2015. The event (which is not a race) will support 4 local charities (including Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance) and will set off from The Barley Mow Inn in Wimborne, Dorset between 10.30am – 11.30am. Riders of all ages will have the opportunity to explore all that the East Dorset countryside has to offer with a pleasant 15 mile ride finishing back at The Barley Mow Inn. Cycle goers will then be able to feed their appetite (additional cost) with a scrummy pig roast or barbeque depending on numbers, mmm yummy!

    The cost for entry will be £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 16 and under. Included in the price are route marshals, medical support and a certificate for everyone who completes the cycle ride. Local businesses and individuals will also be donating prizes for the event and all participants will be entered into the prize draw at no extra cost!

    So, what could be better than making the most of the great outdoors and raising money for charity at the same time! For further information and to sign up, please visit the organiser’s website: http://www.iley.20m.com/Cycle_Ride.html


  5. Classic and Vintage Vehicle run

    February 16, 2015 by Lara Lucas
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    The town of Sturminster Newton saw an array of classic and vintage vehicles ahead of the 20th New Year’s Day Vintage and Classic Vehicle run.

    The convoy of 200 vehicles set off on their 32 mile run from Sturminster Newton and weaved their way through gorgeous North Dorset towns. They even made a pit stop to Henstridge Airfield where they were able to see the air ambulance helicopter in all its glory. They then set off for the final leg of their journey which finished at the Green Man pub in Kings Stag where participants enjoyed a scrumptious carvery.

    The event was sponsored by cookware specialists Harts of Stur and was held in memory of Len Melling, co-organiser for the event who sadly passed away recently. Local businesses were there to support the event by offering raffle prizes and DSAA volunteers were also on hand with their collection buckets. The event raised a brilliant £2,600 for DSAA! Well done to all involved.

    To view all pictures from the event, visit: http://www.chicphotographic.co.uk/view-pictures-albums/albums/33037


  6. Will you be our Valentine?

    February 12, 2015 by Tracy

    Roses are Red, violets are blueIt's not too late to send your loved one flowers this Valentines Day!  If you order them through Charity Flowers, you will also be brightening our day as 15% of your order price (excluding VAT and postage) would be donated to the charity!  Isn't that cool!

    To order, simply Click Here.  Choose the items you wish to purchase and then select Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance from the drop down menu.  Alternatively you can phone: 0870 5300 600 and quote DSAA.  Thank you!

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  7. Pictures are flying high

    February 5, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    david lindsley

    Keen photographer, David Lindsley who lives in Bournemouth, continues to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by mounting and selling his photographs in aid of the charity.  All profits are donated and together with the proceeds from a number of collection boxes in the area, he has now raised in excess of £3,000.

    David has over 2,000 photos of animals, flowers, sunsets, aircraft and scenes from around the world.  He approaches local businesses asking them to display the images in hope that locals will purchase a copy.  The main demand has been on local scenes, especially the area of Christchurch.  Additionally a beautiful image of Sandbanks Sunset has now sold over 50 copies.

    David is full of praise for Fiona Bittlinski and her team at the Toby Carvery, Cooper Dean who have helped raised over £1,000 of the total sum by permanently displaying 4 pictures and a collection box.



  8. Say cheese!

    January 30, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Mike Peters - 1st Place (2)

    There were smiles all round as members of the Bournemouth Electric Camera Club held their Annual Photography Exhibition recently. The camera club, who chose Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as their charity of the year, received 153 entries which were all judged by Alan Clarke. The event was held at the club and the winning photograph ‘Best of Friends’ was taken by Michael Peters.

    Joy Whittingham, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteer, was invited to speak at the event and to present the prizes. Joy said: “The photographs exhibited were fabulous! It was a great occasion and the group raised £574 which was an excellent achievement”.

  9. Volunteers needed!

    January 29, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    boxesDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are currently looking for volunteers to help us service our collection boxes in and around the Dorchester
    and Bridport areas.

    If you are able to help us by joining up as a volunteer, please call us on: 01823 669604 or email: info@dsairambulance.org.uk  For more information on volunteering, please click HERE.

  10. Entries closed for Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

    January 5, 2015 by Tracy

    Cyclists start at Watchet HarbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 5th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully booked for 2015.

    The event, which is not designed as a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 17th May 2015. 

    With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, it was no surprise that the event sold out so quickly and all places have now been filled.

    The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances.  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. 

    The brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.  A shorter 11 mile route begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.

    Last year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £60,000 for the life-saving charity. 

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