1. Lottery Results!

    January 13, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    Congratulations 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. Upton Noble Beer Festival raises funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

    January 9, 2017 by Lara Lucas

    DAN Hurring, Chairman of Upton Noble Beer Festival, presented a cheque for £180 to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance representative Helen Jefferis recently. The money was raised during September’s beer festival, with the local Air Ambulance one of three charities to benefit from the event’s funds.

    Dan Hurring said: “The Air Ambulance means a lot to local people. Not long ago it attended someone who had suffered a serious accident in our own village, so to raise funds for such a great cause gives us a great deal of satisfaction. It makes organising the festival incredibly worthwhile when we see that we can contribute to charities so close to villagers’ hearts.”

     


  3. Vobster Santa Dive 2016

    January 3, 2017 by Tracy

    This year’s Vobster Santa Dive has once again been hailed a huge success with hundreds of bearded Santa’s jumping into Vobster Quay on Sunday 18th December 2016 to raise money for charity.

    Sponsorship money raised from the event once again supported the RNLI.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteers attended on the day with an information and merchandise stand whilst selling tickets for a fantastic raffle which included prizes donated by some of the biggest brands in dive equipment.  This raised over £1,500.

    Vobster Quay owner Martin Stanton said:

    "It's been almost 10 years since the first charity Santa dive took place at Vobster Quay and every year the event gets bigger and bigger.  It's a superb way for divers to say a massive thank you to the both the RNLI and the Air Ambulance, two organisations that, together, are responsible for saving so many lives every year.”

    Photographs kindly provided and copyrighted to: Western Daily Press / Clare Green Photography


  4. The Festival Run and its volunteers raise £11,000 for local charities !

    by Lara Lucas

    festival-run-2016-cheque-handover-1The Festival Run held two formal presentations of money raised by the 2016 Festival Run. The Run presented David Collins of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with a cheque for £5,500, and a cheque for £5,500 to Andy Tilling of the Alzheimer's Society South West. Both expressed keen appreciation of the generosity of the 800 runners who had entered the Run.

    Dave Collins said “This is the second largest cheque I have had the pleasure to receive on behalf of the Air Ambulance. It is heart warming to see the appreciation of the communities we serve with our emergency services”.

    Andy Tilling said “We were delighted when the Run chose The Alzheimer's Society to share in the benefit from the runners’ entrance fees from the 2016 Run. We have a lively programme to support a sadly increasing number of sufferers locally such as ‘Singing for the Brain’. We will put your money to good use”.

    The strong community spirit of Pilton was shown by the 100+ volunteers who marshalled the course, parked cars, handed out running numbers, baked and sold cakes, managed the start & finish and other important tasks for the 2016 Festival Run. Michael Eavis generously let us use his site and started the Runs.

    The BBC and other media covered it, with many commenting on the happiness of the runners (despite the hills) and the extraordinary spirit that led 100+ people from a village of 800 to come together to organize the Run on a community basis, and to marshal it so successfully.

    The enjoyment of the runners who came from all over the South West and as far away as London, Rugby and Coventry, can be seen in a few of the flood of social media comments they made afterwards –

    We had such a fun day, beautiful weather, a challenging course and such great volunteers. Looking forward to next year already!”;  “So well organized, the marshals and volunteers did a brilliant job so a big thank you to them. I'll be back for the next one!” and “Loved my first running event (5k). Already looking forward to next year's. May even start training for the 10k" :"Thought everything was super organized and the marshals and all the volunteers did a fantastic job on the day”.

     


  5. GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW RESULTS!

    December 23, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    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 2016 Christmas Draw took place on Thursday 22nd December. We were once again astounded by the amount of support we received as a total of £103,777 tickets were sold. Our congratulations go to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!

    DSAA GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW 2016 WINNERS

    £1,000   Mrs K Crew, Weston-Super-Mare (Ticket number 206542)

    £250      Mrs D Davidson, Huish Episcopi (Ticket number 80091)

    £150      Mr A Brown, Weymouth (Ticket number 585849) 

    £125      Mrs M Liddiard, Bournemouth (Ticket number 638910)

    £100      Mr P Woodman, Thorncombe (Ticket number 62038)


  6. Blackmore Vale Revival

    December 22, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    cheque-presentation-to-air-ambulanceWell over 2,000 people attended this year’s Blackmore Vale Revival event which was held at Henstridge Airfield during the summer.  Classic and Vintage vehicles were joined by Model and Vintage aircraft in what was deemed a brilliant event.  There were trade and rural craft stalls, children’s games, live music, entertainment, a Grand Raffle with amazing prizes and so much more.

    Members of the organising committee Mike and Liz Marks, Ray and Wendy Cable and George and Liz Wagland were delighted to present a cheque for £1,250 to Leanne Colverson (DSAA Fundraising Coordinator) and said that the Blackmore Vale Revival event in 2017 would be even bigger and better!

     


  7. New DSAA Cycle Jerseys Available!

    December 21, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    c2c-back c2c-frontHave you been lucky enough to book a place on our sell-out 2017 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge? We are delighted to confirm that we now have Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance cycle jerseys available to purchase from our online shop!

    Our branded cycle jerseys are available in various sizes for men, women and children and are the perfect way to show your support for the Charity during the cycle ride. Manufactured by Kalas Sportswear, the cycle jerseys are made using the finest materials to provide functionality and comfort to the rider.

    The cost per cycle jersey (including postage) is £38 for men and women's sizes and £28 for children's sizes. Please note that there is limited availability with a 4-5 week turnaround period per order. To avoid disappointment, please ensure that you place your order well in advance of the event.

    To purchase one of our branded cycle jerseys, please visit our online shop HERE.


  8. Friendly boost from Oddfellows

    December 20, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    edit_9139Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is one of eleven charities who were supported by the Pride of Bournemouth and Brownsea Oddfellows this year.

    The group welcomed representatives from all the beneficiaries at a cheese and wine evening at the Parkstone Conservative Club, in Poole.   DSAA volunteer John Wheatley represented the Charity and received a cheque for £100 on our behalf before having an opportunity to give a short talk on the work of our service.

    Margaret White, secretary of the Pride of Bournemouth Oddfellows, said: “The majority of the charities have been chosen because they have at some point offered our members or their loved ones help and support in times of difficulty.”

    It is the first time that the Poole and Bournemouth branches have teamed up to hold an event to present cheques to local charities and for members to find out more about the good causes to which the branches contribute.  The presentation evening was part of the Oddfellows’ 200-year tradition of charitable giving, having always looked after young members and members’ children who have lost one or both parents.


  9. Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Fully Booked!

    December 14, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    start-from-watchet-harbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 7th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully booked for 2017.

    The event, which is not a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 14th May 2017.

    With only 600 places available and demand higher than ever, it was no surprise that within 11 hours of the Charity announcing on-line registration open, all places had been filled.

    Last year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £81,000 (including gift aid) for the life-saving Charity.

    The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances.  For those who like a challenge, the brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.

    With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone!  For those that don’t want to cycle that far, there is a shorter 11 mile route which begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.

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

    “Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge has once again proved incredibly popular.  We know there is always a high demand for the 600 places available which is a credit to everyone involved, whether they be helping to organise, volunteering or taking part.

    “This will be our seventh year in the saddle and every year seems to get better and better.  With such a demand for places, there will undoubtedly be those who are disappointed not to gain a place.  We hope that they will continue to support the Charity and the cyclists taking part, by joining us on the day both at the start, on-route and at the finishing line celebrations.

    dsaa-in-actionFor those who have been fortunate enough to gain a place, we hope that they will encourage their friends and families to sponsor them so that we can raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown more than 11,500 missions since its 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.  With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, we rely on the generosity of the public and events like Coast to Coast for support.


  10. Porlock’s Walks

    by Lara Lucas
    Picture kindly taken by Maureen Harvey shows: Barbara Wilson, Diane Albutt, Alistair and Gill Campbell

    Picture kindly taken by Maureen Harvey shows: Barbara Wilson, Diane Albutt, Alistair and Gill Campbell

    Gill and Alistair Campbell launched their book of walks around Porlock and Exmoor more than five years ago.  Since then, over 1200 copies of "Porlock's Walks" has been sold, raising more than £2,500 for local charities.

    The book highlights a variety of walks in the North Exmoor area and includes a variety of distances which range from a couple of hours to all day walks.

    Gill and Alistair said, “Walkers will get some great views, enjoy the coast, the hills and the moor whilst seeing the wonderful wildlife it offers. We also visit some of the less well known places in the area like Blackford Dovecote and Mitcham Seat.  Every walk is updated each year; it is amazing how many changes happen during the year which is why we think it’s vital that visitors get accurate and up to date information.”

    Gill and Alistair were thrilled to be able to present a cheque for £100 to DSAA volunteers Barbara Wilson and Diane Albutt at the Porlock Country Fair.

     

     


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