1. 1 month to go: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015!

    April 17, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    It’s exactly one month until our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015 gets underway on Sunday 17th 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!

    The 54 mile cycle ride will leave from Watchet Harbour in Somerset 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.

    With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some demanding hill climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone.

    Tina Viksna, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager said:  “We are delighted that so many people want to take part in this event.  With only 600 places available, demand is always high and it is usually sold out within a few days of registration being open.  Last year, the cyclists helped raise over £60,000 by encouraging their friends and family to sponsor them and we really hope that they can top that this year.

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

    In addition to the fundraising and sponsorship of the cyclists, donations can be made in support of this event online or by mobile phone by texting COAS05 £5 to 70070.

    To view the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge route, click here.


  2. Dorset Bluebirds Falling from the Skies

    April 13, 2015 by Lara Lucas
    Pictured Kelly Samuels and Chris Scriven, Director of Bluebird Care Dorset

    Pictured: Kelly Samuels and Chris Scriven, Director of Bluebird Care Dorset

    Staff from Bluebird Care in Dorset are taking to the skies in a bid to raise £1,500 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance this Saturday 18th April.

    The six brave thrill-seekers will test their nerves and jump from over 10,000 feet by doing a tandem freefall skydive at Salisbury Airfield. If that wasn’t enough, the group will also hold a raffle and cake sale to further aid their fundraising efforts.

    Caroline Flay, Operations Manager for Bluebird Care Dorset said: “We wanted this to be a real team-building event as well as a fundraiser. We have one Care Worker from each of our four offices taking part along with two members of our management team. The activity itself was suggested by one of our Weymouth Care Workers and hope that those taking on the challenge will be able to identify with the high-altitude work performed by the air ambulance crew every day!”

    We were thrilled to announce in December last year that Bluebird Care in Dorset had chosen us as their charity of the year.  In addition to their skydive event this Saturday, they have additional events planned for later in the year and have set themselves a challenging goal of raising £5,000! Go team Bluebird!

    To support the team at Bluebird Care, you can visit their online fundraising pages:

    Holli can be sponsored by visiting her fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=HolliBash

    Or other staff members can be sponsored through the team page at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/BBC-parachuters


  3. Airlift News!

    March 31, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    We 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 16.03.15 – 29.03.15

    Bloxworth – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Portland – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Hawkchurch – Elderly Female – Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital

    Burnham On Sea – Adult Male – Breathing Issues –Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital

    Chard – Adult Male – Sporting Injury – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital

    Weymouth – Teenage Male – Ankle Injury - Land crew request as access issues – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Shaftesbury – Elderly Female – Stroke – RRV request – On scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Blandford – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Stubhampton - Adult Female – Fall from horse – Access issues - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Somerton – Adult Female - Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital

    Gillingham – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Salisbury District Hospital

    Chewton Mendip – Patient – Road Traffic Incident – On scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

     

     


  4. 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  


  5. 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.


  6. Baker Arm’s Pheasant Fest

    March 11, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    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!


  7. The Dog Companions

    March 10, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    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


  8. Mum’s the word

    March 6, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    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!

     


  9. Hazlegrove Preparatory School

    March 4, 2015 by Lara Lucas

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    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!


  10. 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.


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