1. Lands End to John O’Groats Challenge

    August 27, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    jog newSixteen year old Matthew Kosinski and his dad have completed the 870 mile cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Matt began training at the beginning of the year and as soon as his G.C.S.E’s were finished at the end of June, the challenge began.

    The pair set themselves a target of completing the challenge in 100 hours and after travelling an average speed of 15.4 mph, ascending 39,310 feet of hills and pedalling for a total of 54 hours, they reached their destination four hours after their target time (104 hours). What a fantastic achievement!

    Together they raised a total of £1,609 which has been gratefully received. You can read all about their journey by visiting their website: http://www.lejog100.com/

     


  2. Lodge of Prudence and Industry

    August 25, 2015 by Lara Lucas
    Pictured are: Debbie Birtwhistle, W.Bro. Grahame Turner, Ann Jeffery, W.Bro. Kevin Douglas, Laura Kelly

    Pictured are: Debbie Birtwisle, W.Bro. Grahame Turner, Ann Jeffery, W.Bro. Kevin Douglas, Laura Kelly

    The Lodge of Prudence and Industry in Chard have raised £1,175 for  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Somerset Fundraising Co-ordinator, Debbie Birtwisle was delighted to attend the cheque presentation where she received the funds raised from past Master Grahame Turner. Thank you!


  3. Have you seen our online events calendar?

    August 21, 2015 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!

    If you are organising an event in aid of us which you have not made us aware of, 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.


  4. Airlift News!

    August 19, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind will 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 03.08.15 – 16.08.15

    Portland – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Steeple – Child Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Stalbridge – Adult Male – Unconscious – On Scene

    Christchurch – Toddler Female – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Cann – Road Traffic Incident –– Patient treated On Scene

    Wilton – Male patient – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    West Bexington – Incident On Beach - Three patients – On Scene

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

    West Camel – Road Traffic Incident – Patient treated On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Aircrew assisted patient by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Hilton – Elderly Female – Unconscious - On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Okeford Fitzpaine – Elderly Female - Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    East Stour – Adult Male – Arm Injury – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Blagdon – Adult Male – Breathing Difficulties – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Middlemarsh – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident - D&S RRV On Scene

    Walton – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol


  5. Kubota and UK Air Ambulances Prepare for Take Off!

    August 18, 2015 by Tracy

    Kubota PosterMarket leading machinery manufacturer launches national campaign to support life saving services

    Kubota has teamed up with the 20 air ambulance charities across the UK to launch ‘Working Safely, Saving Lives’ – a national campaign that aims to raise £250,000 for these life saving charities whilst also promoting the importance of health and safety in the workplace.

    The UK agricultural and construction sectors are two of the most dangerous and hazardous industries in terms of fatal accidents and serious injuries.  For agricultural or construction workers for instance, who could have a life threatening accident, the critical service the Air Ambulance provides can be their only hope of survival.

    The ‘Working Safely, Saving Lives’ campaign is specifically designed to raise crucial funds for the 20 UK air ambulances.  It costs approximately £2,500 every time an air ambulance takes to the air, with its life saving rescue missions funded by the public’s generous donations.

    Dave Roberts, Kubota UK’s Managing Director, said: “All the air ambulance charities provide an essential service in all walks of life, but we have specifically chosen this worthy causes because a high proportion of air ambulance rescue missions carried out across the UK every year are related to agriculture and construction incidents, making it extremely close to our hearts.

    “The ‘Working Safely Saving Lives’ initiative is designed to raise as much money as we can for these fantastic charities.  With the support of our dealer and end-user customers, industry bodies and the general public, we hope to reach our target of raising £250,000 over the next 12 months.  This would fund 100 Air Ambulance rescue missions, ultimately helping to safe lives.”

    “We are extremely proud to be launching this campaign and hope people get behind it and help us make a real difference!”

    Alex and his wife Kelly

    Alex and his wife Kelly

    One person that has benefited from the work of the air ambulance is 26 year old farmer, Alex Page.  Alex survived a near fatal accident.  Whilst working on a loading shovel, the arm came down and trapped him between the arm and front axle, crushing him.  His spleen was ruptured and with internal bleeding and broken ribs, his life was in severe danger.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance airlifted him to hospital for life saving operations and he is now on the road to recovery.

    Alex said: “Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance played a huge part in my rescue.  If it wasn’t for their professionalism and the life-saving flight, I may not have survived.  I will never be able to show my true gratitude, as you can’t thank someone enough for saving your life, but people need to know what an asset it is!”

    The Association of Air Ambulances (Charity) Ltd works closely with all the 20 independent local air ambulances across the UK who own or have contractual responsibility for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services.  It provides a national charity administration so air ambulance charities can receive donations from national organisations like Kubota.

    How to donate

    Kubota RTVTo encourage people to donate and raise money, Kubota is giving away one of its Special Edition RTV-X900 utility vehicles in a prize draw.  The all terrain vehicle, featuring a special edition black finish and chrome alloys, offers exceptional performance and versatility for all year round working, whether this be on a farm, construction site or golf club.  The machine is also extremely popular in the equine and shooting industries, and being used at outdoor events.

    To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, plus a host of other monthly prizes, simply visit www.worksafewithkubota.com or TEXT: ENTER to 65012.  Alternatively, visit their website or Facebook page to find out more.  Kubota will also be promoting the campaign to those who visit its stand at all the shows it attends over the next 12 months, starting at the CLA Game Fair this month.

    Tickets for the prize draw are £5 each and people can enter as many times as they like for the chance to win the Special Edition RTV-X900 (worth over £16,000).  Terms and conditions apply.


  6. Airlift News!

    August 5, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind will 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 29.06.15 – 02.08.15

    Bourton – Elderly Female – Breathing Difficulties – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Frome – Elderly Female – Possible Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Radstock – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Fontmell Magna – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Stalbridge – Adult Male – Head Injury – RRV and aircraft On Scene – Patient conveyed by aircraft to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Ilchester – Baby Male – Baby Fell in Pool – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Exford – Adult Male – Possible Stroke - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Mangerton – Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident – RRV Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Frome – Child Male – Breathing Difficulties – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Waterlip – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Bridport – Teenage Male – Head Injury - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Stourpaine – Premature Birth – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Ferndown – Adult Female – Suffered Burns - Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Rode – Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Somerton – Road Traffic Incident – Assisted On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Brownsea Island – Teenage Male – Back, Leg and Hip Injuries – Land Crew Request – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Poole General Hospital

    Henstridge – Adult Male - Back and Leg Injuries – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Cheddar – Adult Female – Possible Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Portland – Adult Male – Possible Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Dunster – Child Male – Horse Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Bagber Common - Elderly Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Lyme Regis – Child Male – Breathing Difficulties – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Middlezoy – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Thorncombe – Child Female – Quad Bike Incident – Patient Treated On Scene

    Bridgwater – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Yeovil – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Burrington – Teenage Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Hospital

    Latcham – Adult Male – Head Injury – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Morcombelake – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Oakhill – Elderly Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital

    Chard – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Wedmore – Adult Female - Horse Incident – On Scene First - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Nyland – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Poole – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Poole General Hospital

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

    Wells – Adult Female - Maternity Complications – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Priddy – Adult Male - Motocross Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Fleet – Adult Male – Diving Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

     

     


  7. Mucky Business raises money for Air Ambulance

    July 23, 2015 by Tracy

    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture Students with their cheque for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

    Kingston Maurward Agriculture students have raised more than £2,200 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in this year’s Muckathon – the College’s annual muckspreading charity challenge.

    The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students are tasked to spread, plough and cultivate 55 acres of land over two days using machinery and equipment kindly loaned by agricultural dealers, contractors, farmers and the College. The competition, in its thirteenth year, is embraced by the students every year to raise funds leading up to the event both individually and as a group via sponsorship, collections and competitions.

    Student, Harry Goring, said: ''It was great fun to do the Muckathon – and very hard work! Everyone mucked in together and whilst we were all using different machinery throughout the competition we all worked well as a team. We’re really pleased to have raised so much money for such a worthy cause.''

    Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager, said: “Wow! The Agricultural students at Kingston Maurward College have once again been fantastic supporters of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by raising such an amazing amount. “They are an inspiration to so many young people, not only because of the amount of hard work and effort involved with organising the whole event, but because they strive each year to support a cause which is close to their hearts.  We thank them all for their hard work and dedication and hope they had a great time in the process of raising the money!"

    The students would like to thank all the companies and supporters that kindly contributed to the event including donating machinery, equipment and fuel for the Muckathon.

     


  8. Grand Summer Draw Results!

    July 10, 2015 by Tracy

    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 at Christmas.  Our 2015 Summer Draw took place on Wednesday 8th July.  We were once again astounded by the amount of support we received as a total of 97,479 tickets were sold.  Our congratulations go to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!

    DSAA GRAND SUMMER DRAW 2015 WINNERS

    £1,000   Mrs P Perrett, Bridgwater (Ticket number 022388)

    £250      Mrs J Thorp, North Petherton (Ticket number 033041)

    £150      Mr R Brisset, Martock (Ticket number 092695) 

    £125      Mrs L Shaftoe, Gillingham (Ticket number 653520)

    £100      Mrs J Hooper, Ferndown (Ticket number 504378)


  9. Airlift News

    July 2, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind will 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 08.06.15 – 28.06.15

    Lulworth - Adult Male -Suffered a Fall - On Scene - Patient conveyed by Search and Rescue to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Corscombe - Road Traffic Incident - On Scene

    Pibsbury - Adult Male - Hip and Head Injuries - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Wimborne - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Mere -Elderly Male - Unconscious - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells - Elderly Male- Heart Attack - RRV Request - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Exton - Adult Male- Suffered a Fall - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Henley - Elderly Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    West Lulworth - Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Portland - Child Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Forrest Hyde - Adult Female - Horse Incident - Used 4X4 to convey patient to land vehicle - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    West Moors - Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle with RRV assistance to Poole General Hospital

    Shrewton, Salisbury Plain -– Road Traffic Incident - Patient and doctor conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Binegar - Teenage Female - Horse Incident - Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Tytherington - Adult Male - Hit by machinery - Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Poole - Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    East Cliff - Elderly Female-–Suffered a Fall -Land Crew Request - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Offwell - Adult Female - Horse Incident - Patient treated On Scene

    Ashington - Teenage Male - Road Traffic Incident - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Muscliffe - Adult Female - Neck and Chest Injuries - Patient and aircrew conveyed to Poole General Hospital

    South Cadbury - Adult Female - Suffered a Fall - Access Issues - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Bourton - Adult Male - Chest Pain - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    St Leonards – Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - Attended with RRV - Patient land assisted to Poole General Hospital

    Portland - Adult Male - Diving Incident - Patient conveyed to Poole General Hospital

    Bothenhampton - Adult Male - Cardiac Arrest - On Scene

    Weymouth - Child Female - Cardiac Arrest - RRV Request - Patient and aircrew conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Upper Vobster - Adult Female - Diving Incident - Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed to Poole General Hospital

    Catcott - Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle


  10. It’s Bring a Pound to Work Day!

    June 30, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    BringapoundtoworkdayWessex FM’s latest fundraising initiative ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ is taking place across Dorset today (Tuesday 30th June). Businesses and schools that have registered for the initiative will bring a pound to work or school to help raise funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Representatives from Wessex FM and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be visiting businesses and schools throughout the day, so keep an eye out on our social media pages to see all the action from the day as it happens. To join in the conversation, please use the hashtag #bringapound. If you haven’t registered but would like to get involved, you can donate online at www.wessexfm.com

    This is a fantastic way to support our cause and we would like to thank everyone who has registered to take part!

     


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