1. Read our latest magazine

    March 19, 2015 by Tracy

    Beeline Spring 2015BEELINE is the official Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance magazine.  Produced twice a year, it gives our supporters an opportunity to read about the work of the charity, hear from patients who have needed our service first-hand and see some of the things that people do to raise funds. Additionally, it includes features on how we use donations to further develop and enhance our service.

    Our thanks go to everyone who has given permission for their story to be included, to the advertisers who subsidise the production of the magazine and to you, for your continued generosity and support.  Simply CLICK HERE or on the  picture of our latest front cover which was kindly taken by Justin Glynn - www.glynnphotographic.co.uk  

  2. Fifteen Years Flying High

    March 17, 2015 by Tracy

    DSAA in action taken by Justin GlynnThis week, fifteen years ago, we were preparing to fly our very first mission. At 08.00 am on Saturday 21st March, the helicopter and crew went online for the very first time.  Less than an hour later at 08.52 am, we were deployed to our first incident.

    The fifteen year milestone has been reached with thanks to generous support from the public, whose donations, fundraising activities, legacies and lottery memberships keep our air ambulance flying.

    It is with thanks to this support, that the Charity has been able to provide an exceptional level of care to patients in need.  We have used public funds to enhance the service by purchasing specialist equipment not commonly carried on land ambulances, sponsored a three year MSc Advanced Paramedic Practice (Critical Care) education programme for our paramedics and are making plans for the delivery of a fantastic new helicopter equipped to undertake night operations at the end of 2016.

    DSAABill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “We would like to thank the public for their generous support over the years.   The Charity’s main aim has always been to strive for clinical excellence and to provide the best possible care for our patients, giving them the best possible chance of survival and recovery.

    “Every one of the 10,500 plus missions we fly is the result of someone suffering a potentially life-threatening injury or accident.  It is not a number that we celebrate but it does show the real need for an air ambulance covering Dorset and Somerset.

    “With your help, we have been able to deliver a service that we are extremely proud of and with your continued support, we look forward to being able to deliver an even better service in the years to come.”

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has attended over 10,500 incidents since our 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.  The Charity’s operational costs are over £2 million a year and the approximate cost per mission is £2,500.

    If you would like to recognise or congratulate the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance on this milestone you can donate online via: www.dsairambulance.org.uk Alternatively you can text DSAA01 and the amount you would like to donate to: 70070 or post a cheque to: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Landacre House, Chelston Business Park, Castle Road, Wellington TA21 9JQ.  Please quote ‘15’ where possible.

  3. Baker Arm’s Pheasant Fest

    March 11, 2015 by Lara Lucas


    The Baker Arms at Child Okeford have raised £1,543 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at their annual Pheasant Fest. Pub goers were spoilt for choice with an all you can eat menu of local game dishes, with all game being supplied by local shoots from Ranston, Iwerne Minster and Modern Estates. They even held a raffle and auctioned off game pies, mmm yummy.

    Over the last 6 years the event has raised £7000, this year was the last event run by Landlord and Landlady Jim and Caroline Dennett who have recently sold the pub. Jim and Caroline said: “Thank you to all the helpers, both before and during the event and of course to all the customers who supported the day." Jim and Caroline’s granddaughter Scarlet (pictured) was also on hand after the event to count the proceeds of the day, how sweet!

  4. The Dog Companions

    March 10, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    dog companions

    One  of the latest initiatives which is helping to raise funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is the Bournemouth based ‘Dog Companions’ who offer a dog walking service to owners within the BH postcode.

    The family run business aims to provide dogs with exercise, exploration, entertainment and fun when their owners have neither the time nor the opportunity to walk their dogs themselves. Managing Director is Barrie Smith and he explains a little more about the initiative and the reason why he wanted to support the charity.

    “Our dog companions are all trained, competent and professional dog lovers who are passionate about the welfare of the dogs we look after. The fact that many of them walk every day of the week in the forest, open countryside and on the beach means that any one of us might need Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at any time. We saw this as a great opportunity to raise funds for the service so when a customer mentions ‘Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’ when making a booking, we will donate £5 to its cause.”

    Barrie and his wife Jane (pictured), launched the initiative whilst paying a visit to our airbase in February. We are looking forward to hearing all about how they get on!

    For information on The Dog Companions, please visit: www.thedogcompanions.co.uk or contact Barrie on: 01202 522911 or via e-mail bh.dogcompanions@outlook.com

  5. Mum’s the word

    March 6, 2015 by Lara Lucas


    Mother Day is nearly here

    I’m sure she’d like a treat,

    She cooks and cleans and cares for you,

    She’s always on her feet.

    You can pay her back with flowers

    That are pretty and smell nice,

    And give a gift to charity,

    This means you've said thanks twice.

    We thought we would remind you that Mother’s Day takes place in just over a week! That means you still have time to send her a special treat!  Why not send her some lovely flowers and if you order them through Charity Flowers, we get a special treat too as 15% of your order price(excluding VAT and postage) will be donated to the charity!

    To order, simply click here. Choose the items that 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. How easy is that!


  6. Hazlegrove Preparatory School

    March 4, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Hazlegrove Prep

    Pupils at Hazlegrove Preparatory School have raised a fantastic £318 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Graham Wheelen, Somerset Volunteer attended a cheque presentation at the school on 4th February, where he was thrilled to receive the cheque on behalf of the Charity. A huge well done to all of the pupils who raised the money, thank you!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. £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.”

  10. 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


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