1. Vobster Santa Dive & Swim Success

    December 18, 2014 by Tracy

    Santa SwimA great day was had by all at this year’s Vobster Santa Dive and Swim!

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance attended on the day with volunteers Pauline Collins, Dave Collins and Helen Jefferis.  Pilot, Phil Merritt who is pictured with our volunteers, joined in the fun and dressed accordingly as Santa!  

    Santa Swim

    Our team set up an information and merchandise stall and sold raffle tickets for which Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will benefit.  

    The sponsor money for the Santa dive/swim will once again go to the RNLI.

     

     


  2. Charity of the Year for Bluebird Care

    by Tracy

    Charity of the Year launchBluebird Care Dorset is proud to announce that Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been selected as their Charity of the Year for 2015.

    The Air Ambulance was the winner of a staff vote that saw them not only come out on top overall but also achieve the greatest level of support from each of Bluebird Care Dorset’s individual offices.

    Director of Bluebird Care Dorset, Joanne McMahon said, “We felt that it was important for our Charity of the Year to be chosen by our staff so we invited each of our office teams to nominate two charities to be short-listed and then our Care Workers voted for the charity that they wished to fundraise for in 2015.”

    Bex Symes, Care Manager of Bluebird Care Dorset’s Dorchester office said, “The Air Ambulance was one of the charities selected by my Dorchester office to be short-listed.  I am delighted that we will be championing this cause for 2015 as it is a hugely worthwhile cause much in need of public support.”

    Co-Director of Bluebird Care Dorset, Chris Scriven said, “We have tasked each of our office teams with holding at least two fund-raising events over the coming year and I will be organising further company-wide events to boost these efforts.  We will also have a collection pot in each office throughout the year.  My understanding is that for each mission flown by the Air Ambulance £2,500 of public support is needed.  We have therefore set ourselves a fund-raising target of £5,000 for the year as it would be great  have covered the cost of two missions.  At Bluebird Care Dorset, our care at home services can often involve helping people to get back onto their feet and regain independence after an accident or operation.  We recognise that the Air Ambulance works at very much the acute end of this type of service and we have a huge amount of respect for what they do.”

    Leanne Colverson, DSAA Fundraising Coordinator was delighted and said, “We are thrilled with this announcement. We can only raise the £1.7 million a year it costs to keep flying with the support of the public and businesses like Bluebird Care Dorset.  It’s exciting to hear some of the fundraising ideas already in the pipeline and we are really looking forward to working with the Bluebird Care team over the coming year.”


  3. Grand Christmas Draw Results!

    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 2014 Christmas Draw took place on Wednesday 17th July.  We were astounded by the amount of support we received this year as a total of 106,291 tickets were sold.  Our congratulations go to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!

    DSAA GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW 2014 WINNERS

    £1,000       Mrs C Greenwood, Bishops Lydeard (Ticket number 130413)

    £250          Mrs C Clauson, Poole (Ticket number 495736)

    £150          Mrs J Rice, Weymouth (Ticket number 549666)

    £125          Mrs J Sexton, Burton Bradstock (Ticket number 397473)

    £100          Mrs J Lane, Melbury Abbas (Ticket number 615384)

     

     


  4. Air Ambulance Service of the Year!

    December 15, 2014 by Tracy

    o	Left to right:  Karen Hopps (Publisher Health Business Magazine), Bill Sivewright (DSAA Chief Executive Officer), Tina Viksna (DSAA Fundraising Manager) and Dr. Sarah Jarvis

    o Left to right: Karen Hopps (Publisher Health Business Magazine), Bill Sivewright (DSAA Chief Executive Officer), Tina Viksna (DSAA Fundraising Manager) and Dr. Sarah Jarvis

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been named as the Health Business Awards Air Ambulance Service of the Year for 2014.

    The awards, which promote examples of excellence and best practice in hospitals, trusts, clinical commissioning groups and other organisations that work inside and alongside the NHS took place on 4 December at the Grange Hotel in London. 

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were shortlisted in the category alongside their colleagues from East Anglian Air Ambulance, Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, Midlands Air Ambulance and Wales Air Ambulance. 

    The Charity’s selection for the award was in recognition of its innovation, commitment and passion for excellence behind the establishment of a post-graduate education programme in Advanced Paramedic Practice for all its paramedics run in association with the University of Hertfordshire.  The programme has drawn together health professionals from across Dorset and Somerset to deliver the training and support required.  This has maintained the local focus, fostered excellent relationships with the regional NHS Trusts and ensured the maximum patient benefit from the outset.

    In its continual drive for clinical excellence, the Charity has also procured a significant array of specialist operational and training equipment and undertaken training with police and fire services for incidents where joint working is an essential element. . 

    Patient receives care from Air Ambulance crewDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “We are constantly striving to look for new and innovative ways in which we can enhance the service for the benefit of our patients and we are extremely proud to have received this award. 

    “The focus for our nomination was the post graduate education programme which we established for our paramedics and shows the value we place on their continuous development.  

    “This award recognizes the contribution made by our crew, staff, trustees and volunteers to develop and deliver our life-saving service. It also shows the part played by the general public who support us so generously and we say a big thank you to them.”

    The work of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was also recognised earlier this year when members of their team were shortlisted in three categories at the Association of Air Ambulances Awards of Excellence 2014.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has attended over 10,000 incidents 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.


  5. Entry form for 2015 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge now available

    by sws-admin

    We are pleased to announce that online registration for next year’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is now available.

    The race will take place on Sunday 17th May 2015.

    Click here to access the entry form


  6. Winners! Air Ambulance Service of the Year

    December 4, 2014 by Tracy

    IMG_0979We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the 2014 Health Business Awards – Air Ambulance Service of the Year.  The awards ceremony took place this afternoon in London.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were shortlisted in the category alongside our colleagues from:  East Anglian Air Ambulance, Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, Midlands Air Ambulance and Wales Air Ambulance.  

    A big congratulations to the whole team!

     

     


  7. Potentially 800 more lives a year saved by Chancellor’s Statement

    December 3, 2014 by Tracy

    George OsborneThe Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK has welcomed today’s announcement from UK Chancellor, George Osborne which sees the relief of VAT to all charities who work as part of the Emergency Response Service and a further allocation of £7.5 million extra support for air ambulance charities across the UK.

    The announcement gives the air ambulance charities a VAT saving of approximately £10 million over the next five years enabling them to invest further in their life-saving work.

    The Chancellor also announced an allocation of £1 million to Great Western Air Ambulance, £1.5 million to Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and a potential further £5 million being made available to all air ambulance charities.

    AAA National Director, Clive DickinClive Dickin, AAA National Director said;

    “We are delighted with the Chancellor’s announcement today.  In April’s budget the Chancellor introduced a rebate for VAT and duty charged on aviation fuel where it is used in helicopter emergency medical service missions of which we were extremely grateful.

    “Today’s announcement comes following further lobbying and we have worked closely with our members, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) and the RNLI to deliver the result on VAT.  The saving of £10 million over the next 5 years equates to 800 more patients per year being treated, potentially saving lives and improving patient outcomes.

    The announcement sees not only a financial saving but also a relief of the administrative burden, allowing charities to recover all VAT and being able to treat all expenses equally across its operation. The use of trading companies and complex systems will no longer be required as a result of VAT relief.

    Although the finite detail has not yet been fully provided, the AAA will be working with the Treasury and HMRC to gain a better understanding of this exciting news and advising its members of the resultant changes.


  8. Entry Date for Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge 2015 announced!

    December 1, 2014 by Tracy

    Cyclists start at Watchet HarbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are encouraging supporters to sign up early for their Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015 after an overwhelming response last year.

    The event, which is not designed as a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 17th May 2015. 

    Last year’s event sold out within three weeks of on-line registration being open and demand is expected to be even higher this year.  The event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part raising over £60,000 for the life-saving charity.

    Arthur said the best part was going downhill!

    Arthur said the best part was going downhill!

    With only 600 places available, anyone wishing to enter should complete on-line registration, which opens on Monday 15 December, via the Charity’s website to avoid any disappointment. 

    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, “We are thrilled to be able to announce the date for our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015.  This will be our fifth year in the saddle and every year the event seems to get better and better.  I believe one of the main reasons for this is the feedback we get from those who take part and the stories of courage and determination along the way. One of the uphill climbs

    “We always strive to build on the success of the previous year and with this in mind we are once again restricting our numbers to 600 cyclists.  This year we also intend to stagger the start times from Watchet Harbour with stronger cyclists setting off first.  This is in order to keep the event as safe as possible but also to encourage all standards of cyclists to take part without fear of being overcrowded. 

    “With such a demand, there will undoubtedly be those who are disappointed not to gain a place which is why I cannot stress enough, how important it is to register early!  We are really looking forward to this years’ event and hope that everyone that enters will once again encourage their family and friends to sponsor them in a bid to make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    Team O Tumblers raised thousand of pounds in sponsorship last year!

    Team O Tumblers raised thousand of pounds in sponsorship last year!

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown  more than 10,000 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.

    To register online, visit the charity’s website: www.dsairambulance.org.uk from Monday 15th December.  For more information call: 01823 669604 or alternatively you can email: c2c@dsairambulance.org.uk

    Entrance fees are: Adults (£20) & Under 16′s (£10).

     

    High resolution photographs taken at last year’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge can be viewed and downloaded for free by clicking HERE.

     


  9. Port Regis School donate an incredible £13,500!

    November 28, 2014 by Tracy

    £13,500 presented to DSAAChildren from Port Regis handed over a cheque for £13,500 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance this week.  The money was raised through a number of fundraising events during the year, most notably a May Gala Dinner for parents. 

    Head of Charities at Port Regis, Tom Murray, said: “Port Regis supports a different charity each year and we are delighted to donate these funds to one of the most worthwhile local charities in our area.  The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is A SUPERB charity that saves countless lives each year within OUR community. I would like to thank all the parents, staff and children who contributed to the fundraising, as well as local businesses for their generous donation of prizes for the auction.”

    Bill Sivewright, CEO of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, added: “Without access to direct funding from the Government, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is totally reliant on the generosity of the public to deliver our vital service.  This donation represents a significant boost to our operating funds representing, as it does, the cost of around 5 missions. 

    ” It is worth remembering that each one of those could be a life saved.  It is also important to note, that donations such as this record confidence in our service that will help it to develop and go on to save many more lives in the future.  So, Port Regis School should be very proud of their achievement and the contribution that they have made on behalf of their local community.”

    Dasher meets the childrenDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were thrilled that their charity mascot named ‘Dasher’ could be present at the cheque presentation.  The children were delighted to be able to meet the bright yellow character who brought a smile to so many young faces.


  10. Rally Car features DSAA in France!

    by Tracy

    Tim and Steve Jones Rally CarBrothers Tim and Steve Jones of Formula Cars Volvo based near Wellington took to the track once again and put on a great show – this time in France.  They took part in the WRC Rallye de France Alsace 2014 which saw the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance brand, spray painted on both sides of the Ford Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S rally car fly round the track! 

    Tracy Bartram, Communications Manager for the charity said: “We are thrilled that Tim and Steve have chosen to support us in this way.  The relationship began a number of years ago and has continued ever since.  It’s fantastic publicity for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and it will help raise awareness of the important work that all Air Ambulances do on a national scale.”

    To view the guys in action, click HERE or on the picture.

     


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