1. Emergency Services Family Fun Day comes to Bournemouth this summer!

    June 19, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be bringing its Emergency Services Family Fun Day to Kings Park, Bournemouth on Saturday 22 July from 11am to 4pm.

    Following two very successful years at Poole Park, the free family event is making the move to Kings Park, Bournemouth to help the emergency services engage with new families and communities.

    Kings Park is situated just north of Boscombe town centre, next to AFC Bournemouth, where there is plenty of parking available.

    As in previous years, the Family Fun Day will be presented with Dorset Police, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and local education charity SafeWise.

    The Emergency Services Family Fun Day provides a platform for all of the ‘blue light’ services to demonstrate their appliances, equipment and skills in a safe and controlled environment.

    You and your family will be able to meet some of the great people who help to keep your community safe, with many activities and demonstrations for everybody to enjoy.

    See how Dorset Police use their highly trained police dogs, their specialist Marine Unit and their new drone fleet to tackle crime across Dorset. Meet paramedics and find out more about the local Air Ambulance. Learn how the Fire and Rescue Service rescues animals large and small. Experience how dangerous putting water onto a chip pan can be and see why installing sprinklers is the best way to stop a house fire in its tracks and so much more.

    Since its inception in 2010, the Emergency Services Family Fun Day has raised over £12,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and SafeWise and promises to get the school summer holidays off to the perfect start.

    For further information, visit: https://www.dwfire.org.uk/

  2. Three new AW169 Air Ambulance helicopters take to the sky

    by Tracy

    It was a spectacular sight as three brand-new AW169 helicopters took to the skies for the very first time last week. This rare occurrence took place in the skies above Gloucester Airport, home of Specialist Aviation Services, where the three aircraft had been undergoing medical fit-outs to become the UK’s first AW169 Air Ambulances.

    The aircraft then flew to their new homes at three separate Air Ambulance charities - Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

    As the first of their kind to enter the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the UK – they are top-of-the-range when it comes to advancements in Medical Aviation. The state-of-the-art helicopters have advanced avionics and are the fastest response helicopter currently in the HEMS arena. The AW169 also has great endurance, allowing the pilots to fly for longer without the need to refuel.

    In addition, the new helicopters will provide many enhanced benefits to patient care; allowing medical crews 360 degree unobstructed access to their patients, greatly increasing the specialist critical care that can be delivered in flight and positively impacting upon a patients’ chance of survival and recovery. These outstanding characteristics, superior capabilities and first-class safety standards will ensure unprecedented levels of mission effectiveness and provide an enhanced life-saving service for patients.

    Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance CEO Bill Sivewright, said: “It has always been the charity’s aim and clear vision to pursue clinical excellence. Pairing Critical Care Teams with the outstanding capabilities of the AW169 is a natural development of that vision.”

    Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance CEO Adrian Bell, explained: “The enhanced capabilities of the AW169 will allow us to further improve the life-saving service we deliver to the community, and offers us the exciting potential to reconfigure how these services are delivered for maximum effect in the future.”

    Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance CEO Karen Jobling, added: “The AW169 will put our charities at the forefront of medical aviation as we strive to provide the very best critical care possible, giving some of the most critically ill and injured patients their very best chance of survival.”

    The AW169s with Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance are now operational and ready to be dispatched to some of the most serious, life-threatening or time-critical 999 calls every single day, 365 days a year, while Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance crews are undergoing a further period of training with their AW169, prior to it coming into service.

    As these charities receive no direct Government funding, this is only possible thanks to the people in the communities in which the Charities serve who help to raise the funds needed to keep their local Air Ambulance operational and saving lives.

    Photos kindly provided by Ed Hicks

  3. Dairy Dawdlers Charity Challenge

    June 15, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    Dairy DawdlersBV Dairy in Shaftesbury are taking on a huge sporting challenge for the very first time – all in the name of charity.

    On Saturday 17 June, a team of 4 (including BV Dairy’s Managing Director, Jim Highnam) are competing in a triathlon type event in the glorious but very rugged terrain near Keswick in the Lake District. The event includes an 8km cross country hike, a 10km canoe row and a 30km bike ride plus an obstacle course – just for good measure. Teams have to navigate their way around the gruelling course collecting points and avoiding time faults and could be out for in excess of 7 or 8 hours. This is truly not for the faint hearted!

    BV Dairy’s team, The Dairy Dawdlers, are one of over 100 teams taking part, including some with professional athletes, and have entered the basic level of ‘Tough’! To take on this challenge, the team and colleagues wishing to support them, have been training hard since the beginning of the year. This has included regular lunchtime runs that are open to all staff at the Dairy; a team of 10 entered the Rocket Race at Toomer Farm in April where everyone completed the course and made it back for a well-earned picnic; and one manager entered the ‘Jurassic 100’ – a 100km run/walk along the coast in just 24 hours!

    The other important part of the challenge is the charity element and all Staff at BV Dairy have been involved with fundraising for two great charities; Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Greatwood.

    Fundraising has taken the form of lunchtime barbeques and serving breakfast rolls (both extended so colleagues on the night shift had a chance to enjoy some hot food either before or after their shift), cake and doughnut sales, chilli lunches (with the chilli made by one of the directors) and ice cream sales.  All have proved popular with employees and some elements will certainly be carried on even after the fundraising for this event is complete.

    Harry Cowan, Commercial Director at BV Dairy was keen to thank all those who have donated products to make the fundraising events possible and more importantly, far more profitable.

    “Working toward this event over the last few months has generated a very positive atmosphere here at the Dairy.

    “We are also grateful to all staff who have bought a burger or a cake.  As the directors here have supported the team and the event by paying for all entry fees, accommodation and transport costs and, where necessary, for equipment too, we are pleased that every penny raised goes to the charities selected by our staff.”

    Fundraising continues and anyone wishing to donate should visit BV Dairy’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/teams/bvdairy 


  4. New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

    June 12, 2017 by Tracy

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered into service this afternoon.

    This becomes the first AW169 to enter air ambulance operational service in the UK and is the culmination of years of planning and development.   The aircraft was selected following an extensive evaluation process.  Its outstanding characteristics, superior capabilities and safety standards will ensure unprecedented levels of mission effectiveness and provide an enhanced life-saving service for the people of Dorset and Somerset.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said:

    “It has always been the Charity’s aim and clear vision to pursue clinical excellence; pairing Critical Care Teams with the outstanding capabilities of the AW169 s is a natural development of that vision.  Patient benefit remains our top priority and this was the single biggest criteria in selecting the new aircraft.

    “Our ambitions and clinical aspirations determined a particular requirement from whichever aircraft we selected.  The capabilities and flexibility offered by the AW169 made it a clear winner and in our view it was the only aircraft which fully met our criteria.  Another major plus in selecting a new mark of aircraft is that you are taking advantage of the latest advances in technology.  That means that it is safer and easier to maintain and operate.

    The medical equipment in the AW169 will not be hugely different to that which was carried on the Charity’s previous aircraft, however, the biggest difference is the space inside the cabin.  This allows the Critical Care Team to have complete access to a patient, head to toe; a significant benefit if a patient needs further intervention or treatment on-route to hospital.

    Over the past few months, the life-saving service has increased its operating hours from 12 to 19 hours a day (07.00am – 02.00am).   During this time and in the hours of darkness, the crews have been deployed using a Critical Care Car.

    Bill continues:

    “We are most grateful to Specialist Aviation Services who operate the AW169 helicopter on our behalf.  They have worked closely with our clinical team to develop a medical interior that will enable them to more fully meet the needs of our patients than ever before.

    “The AW169’s night flying capabilities mean that we can now move forward into providing full night HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions.  Our team will have the ability to fly directly to the patient without the need of any fixed or pre-established lighting which is a significant advantage.  We are now looking forward to completing night HEMS training and subsequently operating the new aircraft for 19 hours a day.

    “Our approach has been truly innovative and as a result the AW169 has had to undergo very intense scrutiny by the European Aviation Safety Agency.  This is why it has taken a little longer than we had hoped for the aircraft to become operational, however it has certainly been worth the wait and we are delighted to now have clearance to fly.

    “The standard of clinical provision delivered by our Critical Care Team is arguably the best available anywhere.  That is a bold claim but one that I make quite confidently.  In the past year we have enhanced our team clinically, enhanced the service with the carriage of blood products increased our operational hours and can now ensure that these are all delivered in one of the most advanced helicopters available.

    This however, does not mean that we can rest on our laurels; our crews strive continuously to develop their knowledge and skills to ensure that the patients they attend receive the best treatment possible.  Their challenge to the Charity is to provide them with the right tools for the job.  I am proud to say that we can meet that challenge head on because of the incredible support of the people of Dorset and Somerset. Through their support, as members of our Flight for Life Lottery, individual or group donations from events and even by remembering us in their wills, they enable us to be everything that they want from their air ambulance.”

  5. Events Supporting our Charity!

    June 8, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    Don’t forget to check out our online events calendar for events taking place over the next couple of weeks that are in aid of the charity!

    • Piddlehinton Open Gardens
    • Beachside Classic Vehicle Show
    • RISCA Choir in White
    • Companion Dog Show
    • VDub at the Pub


    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.

  6. Wyke Dorset Cottages show their support!

    June 2, 2017 by Tracy

    Adrian Culley with Tina Viksna and Leanne Colverson from Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceHolidaymakers to Dorset will get the chance to donate money to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance thanks to a new initiative set up by Wyke Dorset Cottages.

    The family-owned company, which has an office in Swanage, has chosen the Air Ambulance as its nominated charity and is asking all its holidaymakers to donate just £2 when they book their next break.

    Manager of Wyke Dorset Cottages, Adrian Culley said:

    “We are in complete awe of the amazing work carried out by the charity and are mindful of the amount of money it needs to keep the service going. Since its launch in March 2000, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown nearly 12,000 lifesaving missions – and during the busier, summer months can attend a jaw-dropping eight or nine incidents a day!  Their amazing response time means they can be at any place in the two counties in less than 20 minutes of receiving an emergency call – and more importantly can take a patient to any one of the Major Trauma Centres in the South West within a further 20 minutes. These extra minutes can make the difference between life and death.  With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, they rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support. We’ve set what we think is a fairly modest target of £2,000 in the first year and we hope, with your support, to raise even more to help keep them flying.”

    Tracy Bartram, Communications Manager at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance said:

    “We are absolutely delighted that Wyke Dorset Cottages will be supporting the Charity this year.  It is with thanks to initiatives like this that we are able to continue our life-saving work.  Over the past year we have continued to strive for clinical excellence with patient benefit being our number one priority at all times.  Our operational costs are over £2 million a year, however this is likely to rise over the coming year due to the fact that our clinical team has almost doubled in size due to an increase in our operating hours, our new AW169 helicopter is due to enter service very soon and we have invested in a great deal of new clinical equipment and training activities. We are really looking forward to working with Wyke Dorset Cottages and thank everyone for their generous support.”

    To find out more information about the partnership, click HERE.


  7. Skydive in aid of DSAA!

    May 25, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    Have you ever wanted to have a go at skydiving? Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is working in partnership with Skydive.Buzz to offer thrill seekers the opportunity to combine the most exciting and exhilarating moment of their life, with raising funds for our life-saving Charity.

    Imagine feeling the rush as you free fall at 125mph from 15,000 feet above the ground – skydiving is a truly once in a lifetime experience! So whether you’re a budding dare devil, seasoned adrenaline junkie or just fancy the challenge of a lifetime, look no further for an incredible experience and a great way to fundraise.

    There is a choice of three altitudes to jump from and prices start from £149 with the self-fund payment scheme. A £50 deposit will be required at the time of booking and the cost of your jump must be paid out of your own money (no sponsorship money can be used to pay for your jump). 100% of the money that you raise will come to the Charity!

    There are two dates that you can jump in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance:

    • Saturday 24th June 2017 at 8.00am
    • Sunday 17th September 2017 at 10.00am


    Both skydives will take place at Dunkeswell Aerodrome, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LG.

    If you choose to jump on Sunday 17th September, you will also be supporting Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance during National Air Ambulance Week!

    For more information and to book the ultimate skydive experience, visit: www.skydiveukltd.com or call: 01404 890222.

  8. Another Spectacular Coast to Coast!

    May 17, 2017 by Tracy

    Starting point at Watchet HarbourHundreds of cyclists assembled at Watchet Harbour on the Somerset coast to take part in the 7th annual Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 14th May.

    The event, which is not a race, saw a total of 580 cyclists turn out on the day, in what has become an annual spectacular.  564 cyclists took part in the gruelling but glorious 54 mile ride to West Bay in Dorset and a further 16 cyclists completed the shorter 11-mile route which began at Drimpton and also ended at West Bay.

    This year, for the first time, the cyclists were joined by members of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance crew who also took part (pictured).  The team, who called themselves the ‘COASTBUSTERS’ headed up the starting line on singletons, triplet bikes and an incredible kinder tandem. And they are off!

    It wasn’t long before Watchet Town Crier David Milton, ramped up the proceedings, began the official countdown and set the cyclists on their way.

    Crowds were seen gathering at various points along the route; cheering and clapping as the cyclists rode past and the four well-stocked pit stops provided a well-earned rest for those that wanted it.

    An electric atmosphere began building at West Bay as families, friends and colleagues began arriving in support of those taking part.  It took just over two and a half hours for the first group of keen cyclists to arrive.Les Thomas, Kev Watts and Richard Woodward

    Les Thomas, Kev Watts and Richard Woodward were the first three cyclists to cross the finish line.  Together they explained how this year’s event was certainly a challenge with a tough head wind during the last ten miles.  “We might possibly need the air ambulance to get home.  The event was fantastically organised, the scenery on route was superb and there’s such a friendly atmosphere.  It’s great!”

    Kate and Thomas Cadbury with they son JoshuaThe first female to arrive at West Bay was Kate Cadbury.  Cycling with her husband Thomas, the pair were joined by their five year old son Joshua as they approached the finish line.

    At 79 years young, Brian Pursall was once again the oldest participant of the day.  He took part for Brian Pursallthe third time and cycled the full 54 miles. Freya Williams was the first child who cycled the 11 mile route to arrive at West Bay, closely followed by the youngest individual participant Olivia Reid (aged 11), who took part on the bike that she won last year when she raised the most sponsorship in the Under 16 category.

    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.

    Giles Bissett (left) with his C2C gang!Giles Bissett cycled in memory of his father who sadly died six years ago when he had a heart attack at the wheel of his car.  “The air ambulance did all they could to try and save my father but unfortunately the heart attack he suffered was too severe.  I must commend the crew as they were all brilliant and tried everything in their powers to help.  Dad loved this part of the world and I am sure he was with us all the way.”

    David Linney is Yeovil Town Football Club’s Commercial Manager.  In 2011 David Linneythe club’s current manager, Darren Way (a talented midfielder for the ‘Glovers’) was involved in a major road traffic incident.  Darren was airlifted by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to Dorset County Hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries.  “After intensive treatment, Darren made a miraculous recovery, however unfortunately his playing career ended in his 20’s.  He is indebted and grateful for the marvellous response by the air ambulance and I am delighted to be able to do my bit to help this great charity.”

    Janie FieldhouseJanie Fieldhouse suffered serious injuries whilst out cycling. She was found lying in the road next to her bike.  “The air ambulance came to my aid and I was airlifted to Southmead Hospital where I was diagnosed with a broken back, broken jaw, broken ribs, a brain injury and a missing tooth.  Over a three month period I spent time in three different hospitals.  Now eighteen months on, I am still recovering and waiting for additional reconstructive surgery on my face however I am back on my bike and delighted to cycle alongside my heroes in the sky.”

    This year saw a record number of teams take part; 65 in total.  By far the largest group were Team o’ Tumblers (pictured) who once again came out in force with 40 members, all wearing their traditional blue shirts.  The team’s organiser Rupert Rees said:Team o' Tumblers

    “For the fourth year running, Team o' Tumblers have come out in force to enjoy the wonderful Coast to Coast ride. Forty Tumblers who are supporters of hunting, riding and racing, but more importantly passionate supporters of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, completed the challenge. We have a range of cycling abilities but that really doesn't matter, it's the taking part and the challenge that we enjoy.  So far, the team has raised in excess of £16,000 with the promise of more donations to follow.  We would like to thank the Charity and their team of volunteers for making the day so successful.”

    DSAA's AW169 helicopter

    The day was made even better when the Charity’s new AW169 helicopter made an appearance.  Members of the public were given an opportunity to see the aircraft up close and talk the Pilot Mario Carretta.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said:

    “As a rider, this year’s event was probably the hardest yet, due to the strong headwind over the last few miles.  That being said, it was incredible to see so many cyclists absolutely determined to meet the challenge.   Whilst speaking to many of them along the route, it was clear that everyone had their own special reason for taking part however there were two common themes throughout; ‘I/we wanted to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’ and ‘It was very friendly and so well organised.’An amazing achievement!

    The logistical challenge of setting up the start and finish lines, together with the pit stops would have been a daunting task for any organisation.  But, add to that, the safe marshalling of around 600 cyclists over 54 miles of public roads and the true scale of the enterprise is revealed.  I am incredibly proud of the staff and army of volunteers who did such a fantastic job of managing the event in such a warm and friendly manner throughout.

    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.”

    Last year, the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge raised over £81,000 (including gift aid). Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most in sponsorship in the following categories: Adult, Under 16 and Team. These will be presented later in the year when all funds are received.  Closing date for sponsorship is 1 August 2017.

    DON’T FORGET! – It’s not too late to show your support for our ‘COASTBUSTERS’ Team!  Please donate whatever you can via their JustGiving Page:   www.justgiving.com/dsaa-coastbusters  Every penny will make a big difference - Thank you!

    All the photos taken on the day can be viewed and downloaded for free by clicking HERE! 

  9. Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cyclists raring to go!

    May 5, 2017 by Tracy

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is holding its 7th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 14th May 2017 and is hoping that the public will come out in support of the 600 cyclists taking part.

    TEXT: CREW54 £5 to 70070 to show Mark Williams, Owen Hammett and Steve Westbrook your support!

    TEXT: CREW54 £5 to 70070 to show Mark Williams, Owen Hammett and Steve Westbrook your support!

    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 at West Bay.

    Last year’s event saw people of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £81,000 (including gift aid) for the life-saving charity.  With only 600 places available, it was no surprise that the event sold out within 11 hours 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 include 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.

    This year, for the first time, the cyclists who were fortunate in gaining a place, will be joined by members of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance crew who are set to cycle the 54 mile route on triplet bicycles.

    The team, who call themselves the ‘COASTBUSTERS’ have been training for the event at their Henstridge airbase and are hoping the public will get behind them and show their support.

    TEXT: CREW54 £5 to 70070 to show Dan Kitteridge, Claire Baker, Phil Hyde, Leonie German and Lauren Dyson your support!

    TEXT: CREW54 £5 to 70070 to show Dan Kitteridge, Claire Baker, Phil Hyde, Leonie German and Lauren Dyson your support!

    In a bid to raise £2,500 and fund one life-saving mission, the team have set up a JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/dsaa-coastbusters where donations of any size can be made.  Mobile phone users can easily donate by texting: CREW54 £5 to 70070.  Every penny raised really will make a big difference.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said:

    “Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is a fantastic occasion and the atmosphere is incredible.  The fact that members of our crew are taking part this year makes the event even more special.  They are incredible ambassadors of the Charity and I’m sure it will be an extremely emotional day all round; the aches and pains will definitely be worthwhile.

    Every year the event seems to get better 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 cyclists at the starting point, along the route, or at the finishing line celebrations at East Beach Car Park in West Bay.

  10. 1 month to go: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2017!

    April 13, 2017 by Lara Lucas


    It’s only one month until our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2017 gets underway on Sunday 14th May. Preparations for the event are in full swing and we are hoping that this year will be the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.

    This year, members of our crew (A.K.A the Coastbusters) will, for the first time, take part as a team cycling the 54 mile route from Watchet to West Bay on triplet bikes in a bid to raise as much as possible for the Charity.

    The event, which is not a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside. With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding hill climbs and equally hairy descents, cycling the 54 mile route (from Watchet Harbour in Somerset to West Bay in Dorset) on a normal bicycle is certainly a challenge. However, this inspirational group intend to complete the route on triplet bikes as part of a team building exercise and in a bid to raise as much as possible for the Charity.

    The 54 mile cycle ride will leave from Watchet Harbour at 11.00am for club enthusiasts and at 11.15am for the less experienced riders and finish at West Bay in Dorset. A shorter 11 mile route begins at Drimpton in Dorset at 2.00pm and also finishes at West Bay.

    Tina Viksna Fundraising Manager said: “We are thrilled that so many people want to take part in this event. With only 600 places available, demand is always high and this year was no exception. Within a record 11 hours of the Charity announcing online registration open, all places had been filled! Last year, the cyclists helped to raise over £81,000 (including gift aid) by encouraging their friends and family to sponsor them and we really hope that they can top that this year.

    “We hope that the public will come out in support of the cyclists and the Coastbusters team, cheering them on at the starting point, along the route and at the finishing line celebrations ay West Bay.”

    In addition to the fundraising and sponsorship of the cyclists, the Coastbusters team are hoping that the public will get behind them and show their support by pledging a donation of any size via their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/dsaa-coastbusters or by texting CREW54 £5 to 70070. Every penny raised really will make a big difference.

    Please help us to spread the word about our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge and show your support to the Coastbusters team by using hashtags #COASTBUSTERS and #dsaac2c on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    To view the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Route, CLICK HERE.

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