1. Lottery Results!

    May 27, 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 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. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    May 19, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    For events postDon’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 our  merchandise and information stall!

    • Charity Fete
    • Cheddar Challenge
    • Race Night
    • Riders In The Sky 2016
    • Classics in the Park
    • Charity Golf Competition
    • Bingo
    • Quilt Exhibition

     

    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.


  3. Amazing Support for Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

    May 18, 2016 by Tracy

    Start from Watchet Harbour-001Hundreds of cyclists assembled at Watchet Harbour on the Somerset coast to take part in the 6th annual Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 15th May.

    The event, which is not a race, saw a total of 539 cyclists turn out on the day, in what has become an annual spectacular.  525 cyclists took part in the gruelling but glorious 54 mile ride to West Bay in Dorset and a further 14 cyclists completed the shorter 11-mile route which began at Drimpton and also ended at West Bay.

    David Milton Town CrierWatchet Town Crier David Milton once again brought a local personal element to the starting line.  He motivated the cyclists with humour and enthusiasm and after encouraging the cyclists to visit one or all of our four pit stops on-route, they were set on their way.

    Of those taking part, there were former patients who had experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand.  Others cycled in memory of loved ones, as part of a team, or simply as a personal challenge to show their support for the life-saving Charity.  Chris Priddle

    Crowds were seen gathering at various points along the route; cheering and clapping as the cyclists rode past.  An electric atmosphere began building at West Bay as families, friends and colleagues began arriving in support of those taking part.

    Chris Priddle from Minehead, Andrew Leach (Weymouth) and Michael Walkey (Bridport) were the first three cyclists to cross the finish line.  Chris, who works for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said: “It was my fourth year taking part raising funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The atmosphere at the start is fantastic and the route is simply brilliant.”

    Jack CourtneyIt took fifteen year old Jack Courtney three hours and ten minutes to cycle the 54 mile route.  He was delighted to be the first Under 16 to arrive, as was the first woman, Rosalind Willicombe.

    At 78 years young, Brian Pursall was the oldest participant of the day, and cycled the full 54 miles.  The youngest cyclists were Eva Ellis, Freddie Griffiths (pictured with dad Peter) and Olivia Reid, all aged 10 who completed the 11 mile route.

    Sue Maynard cycled in memory of her 25 year old son Anthony who lost his life after a road traffic Sue Maynardincident.  Anthony was on a training ride when he was hit by a van back in 2008.  Sue’s husband Dave was unfortunately unable to join her on the day due to illness but said: “It’s amazing that a mother who loses her son whilst cycling decides to get on a bike herself and ride in his memory.  If that’s not courage, then what is?”

    David Cooke took on the 54 mile challenge riding a handbike.  Attending around five sportive events a year and keen to support local charity events, he was David Cookedelighted to gain a place after missing out last year.  “This was a really good hilly event supporting a great cause.  The pit stops were really good and the people I was riding with were great.  The second half of the route was really challenging, in particular the hills after the 30 mile point.  The downhill parts of the route were fantastic.”

    Brian Ramsey with his brother DerekBrian Ramsay took part with his two brothers, Derek and Keith.  “In 2009, following a mountain bike accident on the Quantock Hills, I was airlifted to Musgrove Park Hospital.  I suffered a couple of broken vertebrae in my neck and due to my location; the land ambulance couldn’t reach me.  Thanks to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s fast response I fully recovered, so after 7 years I decided it was time to repay the debt and raise some money.

    Team o' TumblersTwenty five teams entered the event this year. The biggest group by far were Team o’ Tumblers who once again came out in force and have already raised thousands of pounds in sponsorship. The team’s organiser Rupert Rees said: “We were delighted to be able to take part and support this wonderful event for the third year running. Our team of 38, many of whom are not regular cyclists are supporters of hunting and racing.  Everyone involved is extremely committed to not only completing the challenge, but also to raising as much as we can for the Charity which ultimately saves lives.  So far this year, our total raised is fast approaching £25,000 and we expect more sponsorship to come in.  We would like to thank all the organisers and volunteers for making the day very enjoyable.  We’re already looking forward to 2017”.

    Family support Grandad Dad and ChikenA large gathering of friends and family were seen on the bank of the finishing line holding a banner in support of three participants.  The youngsters were awaiting the arrival of their Grandad - Jamie Grant, Dad – Vick Jones and ‘Chiken’ – Ian Hoskins.  The banner praised each of them individually: “Well done to Grandad for giving up smoking”, “Dad for getting over 20mph in training” and to “Chiken for finishing the race!”

    Representatives from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance also set themselves challenges this year.  Chairman of Trustees Roger Morgan, Chief Executive Officer Bill Sivewright and Pilot Phil Merrit completed the 54 mile event.  Medical Lead Dr. Phil Hyde cycled the 11 mile route with his wife Hannah and their children Dr Phil Hyde with his familyGeorge (3) and Emily (5) on a tandem bike with a tag-along and a front seat.

    Bill Sivewright said:   “After every year, I seem to say that it was the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet and I am delighted to be able to say it again this year.  Listening to feedback from those taking part enables us to make any improvements if needed.  An added bonus this year was the weather which really boosted people’s spirits at the start line and along the route.  The reasons why people enter the event are many and varied and I must say that completion is often such a relief for riders, families and friends that the finish line can be quite an emotional place to be.

    Dr. Ian Mew promotes to motorcyclists

    “I am particularly proud of the staff and army of volunteers who did such a fantastic job in making sure that the cyclists were directed safely, fed and watered.  Their enthusiastic support was a huge lift for those taking part.  As ever, we are incredibly grateful to all the riders who took on the challenge and to those who sponsored them on their quest.  A final thank you goes to the event sponsors, pit stop locations, local councils and the Police and Ambulance Service for their support in helping to make the day such a success.”

    Critical Care Paramedic Neil Bizzell spends time with families when the helicopter and crew fly inLast year, the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge raised over £64,000. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most in sponsorship in the following categories: Adult, Under 16 and Team. For Finish Line2016, Bicycle Chain have donated a Giant Defy 4 and Liz Avail 4 road bike which will be awarded to the person who raises the most in sponsorship in the Adult and Under 16 category.  These will be presented later in the year when all funds are received.  Closing date for sponsorship to be received is 1st August 2016.

    High resolution images and videos of the event are available and free to download by clicking HERE 


  4. Airlift News!

    May 10, 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 25.04.16 - 08.05.16

    Sandbanks - Adult Male – Unconscious - D&S RRV On Scene

    Bridport – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    West Parley – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Shepton Mallet – Baby Female – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Shepton Mallet – Adult Male – Chest Injury – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Chilcompton – Adult Male – Crushed Under Minibus – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Wookey – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Mosterton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Upper Vobster – Adult Male – Drowning – Patient conveyed to Poole for decompression

    Chickerell – Adult Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Sturminster – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Charlton Adam – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Bruton – Elderly Female – Respiratory Arrest – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells – Elderly Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Charlton Marshall – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Ilton – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – D&S RRV – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Quidhampton – Elderly Female – Possible Femur Fracture – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Salisbury District Hospital

    Broadwindsor – Elderly Female – Possible Blood Clot – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Puddeltown – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Sturminster Marshall – Elderly Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene


  5. Western Group of Motoring Writers get into gear for DSAA

    May 9, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    McLaren 650SThe Western Group of Motoring Writers (WGMW) was formed in 1983 and boasts over 20 full and honorary members with interests that cover the full range of motoring journalism; regional and national press, broadcast media, trade press, photography and specialist publications.

    The group holds an annual Driving Day at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire every June. This invitation-only event blends both on-road and on-circuit driving with an element of fun and fundraising built in.  It asks for participants to make a donation on the day, in a bid to raise funds for deserving local charities.

    A spokesman for the WGMW said: "We have held the event for motor enthusiasts for over 25 years and during that time have donated thousands of pounds to local charities.  Our members are asked to nominate and at our AGM held at the end of 2015, we thought Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were worthy recipients for the work they do with motorists and people living in rural parts of the west-country.  We were delighted to be able to donate £500.”


  6. Lottery Results!

    May 6, 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 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!


  7. Text COAS16 £5 to 70070 to support Air Ambulance C2C cyclists

    by Tracy

    DSAA in actionDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is holding its 6th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 15th May 2016 and is hoping that the public will come out in support of the 600 cyclists taking part.

    The event, which is not a race, involves a challenging 54 mile cycle ride which starts at Watchet Harbour in the North and ends at West Bay in the South, following a wonderfully scenic route through the beautiful Somerset and Dorset countryside.  A staggered start will see the stronger cyclists set off first at 11.00am with the less experienced riders departing at 11.15am.  A shorter 11 mile route starts at the Royal Oak public house in Drimpton at 2.00pm and also finishes as West Bay.

    Cyclists start at Watchet HarbourLast year’s event saw people of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £64,000 for the life-saving charity.  With only 600 places available, it was no surprise that the event was sold out within three days of on-line registration being open.

    This ever-popular event is renowned for being an emotional and inspiring day out for everyone involved.  That’s no surprise given the fact that the cyclists consist of patients who have experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand and those who take part in memory of a loved one.  Others get involved as part of a team or simply want to challenge themselves and support the Charity in return.

    Darren Avery Darren Avery is taking part in the event for the very first time.  “As a cyclist who heads out into the far reaches of the countryside, I’m only too aware that either I or my companions might one day need the services of the air ambulance. A friend of mine was airlifted off the Mendip Hills after a mountain bike accident and badly injured his leg. I very much appreciate the knowledge that the air ambulance is there if ever we need their help.   It’s an honour for me to be able to ride and support them at the same time.”

    Anthony Maynard was tragically killed in a road traffic incident in 2008Dave Maynard is taking part for the fourth year.  He is cycling in memory of his 25 year old son Anthony who lost his life after a road traffic incident.  Anthony was on a training ride when he was hit by a van back in 2008.  “This year is extra special as my wife Sue is also taking part.  I think that’s amazing; a mother who loses her son whilst cycling decides to get on a bike herself and ride in his memory.  If that’s not courage, then what is?”

    Teams o’ Tumblers are once again coming out in force for their third year running. Last year, thirty six members took part and raised a staggering £19,601.90.  It certainly won’t be hard to spot them that’s for sure.

    Even the Charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright and Medical Lead Dr. Phil Hyde have set themselves challenges this year.

    Hannah, George and Emily Hyde in TrainingDr. Phil Hyde has been working with the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for over three years.  Actively involved in pre-hospital care since 2003, Phil also works at Southampton Children’s Hospital as an intensive care consultant.  Wanting to play their part, Phil and his wife Hannah, together with their children George (3) and Emily (5), will cycle the 11 mile route on a tandem bike with a tag-along and a front seat.

    Bill Sivewright is usually seen behind the scenes helping to organise the event on the day.   Last year he rode to support a friend but this year he is taking part in support of the Charity.

    “After coming up with the idea of running the event five years ago, I trailed the route a number of times but for the first few years I was far too heavily involved with the admin to ride on the day.  Last year I rode to support Clive Dickin, National Director of the Association of Air Ambulances, however this year I’m doing it for the Charity.

    Bill Sivewright, DSAA CEO“It’s a fantastic occasion and the atmosphere is incredible.  I’m sure it will be an extremely emotional day all round and the aches and pains will definitely be worthwhile.  The event seems to get better year on year and that is mainly due to the wonderful team of volunteers, members of the public and local businesses who help us with marshalling and keeping the cyclists safe.

    “Our thanks go to the event sponsors and the various pit stop locations along the route, without their help and support, we simply could not put on such a large scale event.

    “Finally, a very big thank you to all the cyclists taking part who are encouraging their friends and family to sponsor them.  Let’s hope the weather stays fine and we raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet!”

    Supporters will be able to encourage the Coast to Coast cyclists at the starting point along the route or at the finishing line celebrations at East Beach Car Park in West Bay.

    As well as individual sponsorship of the cyclists, the Charity has set up two other ways in which donations can be made in support of the event.  These can be made online by visiting: www.dsairambulance.org.uk or by mobile phone by texting: COAS16 £5 to 70070


  8. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    May 5, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    For events postDon’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!

    • DSAA Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge
    • Cheddar Challenge
    • Charity Fete
    • Charity Bingo
    • Mendip Vintage and Classic 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.


  9. Airlift News!

    April 28, 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 04.04.16 - 24.04.16

    Longthorns – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wincanton – Adult Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Brean – Adult Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Stoke St Michael – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Cheddar – Teenage Male – Abdominal Injury – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Kewstoke – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Access Issues - Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Tollard Royal – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Sherborne – Adult Male – Arm Injury – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Sturminster Newton – Elderly Male – Head Injury – Land Crew request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Yeovil – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Yeovil District Hospital

    Cricket Malherbie – Teenage Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford Forum – Unconscious – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Motcombe – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – D&S RRV & Aircraft – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Old Sarum – Adult Male – Patient Crushed – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Burton Bradstock – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Studland – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Poole Hospital

    East Chinnock – Adult Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Durleigh – Teenage Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Cheddar – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Weston General Hospital

    West Lulworth – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Montecute – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Cannington – Elderly Male – Not Breathing – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford Forum – Adult Female – Not Breathing – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Gillingham – Elderly Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Mere – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene First

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  10. Live Tweets from 999 Control Room

    by Tracy

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to work a shift in a busy 999 control room?

    The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT) is giving you the chance to go behind the scenes and experience some of the challenges that their call handlers face every single day as they hold a live ‘tweetathon’  on Friday 29th April.

    The event will follow action from the Exeter Control Room during a 12-hour shift from 6am until 6pm.  The Trust manages more than 2,500 incidents a day, offering help, advice and reassurance. This shift is expected to be particularly busy as it leads up to the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

    SWASFT LogoYou can follow the tweetathon via their Twitter page @swasFT and join in by using the hashtag #swasftLive. 

    To find out more, please CLICK HERE.


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