1. Some Events supporting us this Bank Holiday Weekend!

    May 22, 2015 by Tracy

    RITSIf you’re not sure what to do this bank holiday weekend, we have a selection of events taking place across Dorset and Somerset raising funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Long term supporters, Riders in the Sky (RITS) are holding their annual ride out and family fun day on Sunday 24th May from 10am until late at Tor Leisure in Glastonbury, Somerset. The event which is in memory of Lee Baker, who sadly lost his life to a motorbike accident, has raised over £35,000 since it started in 2011! The day will start with a 70 mile motorcycle ride out. From midday there will be fun for all of the family with attractions such as face painting, mascots, children’s tent, magicians, live music, auction, raffle, tug of war, car displays, refreshments and much, much more! You can visit their website HERE!

    Also on Sunday 24th May between 11.00am – 4.00pm, Dunster Beach Holidays nr. Minehead are holding a charity fun day. There will be a ferris wheel, bucking bronco, teddy tombola, bouncy slide, craft fayre with local producers from Exmoor and surrounding areas, child's fairground ride, candy floss, face painting, children’s storyteller, children’s races, dog agility, donkey rides, beer tent, chilli, burgers and hot dogs! Mmm, what a treat!

    Finally, The Kings Head in Bradpole, Dorset will be holding a car treasure hunt around the Bridport area on Sunday 24th May which will be followed by a BBQ, bouncy castle and live music in the evening.

    There are more than likely to be additional events taking place across the two counties which we are unaware of. We hope the weather is kind for you all and send a big thank you for all your support!


  2. Mike’s Blazing Saddle

    by Lara Lucas

    IMG_1839Mike Alldridge from Hamworthy in Dorset will be celebrating his 76th birthday by cycling from Dorset to London in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance on Wednesday 27th May. Mike will embark on his solo cycling adventure at 04.00am and aims to reach the Union Jack Club in Waterloo, London at some point in the afternoon. He will give his legs a well-earned rest by staying in London overnight and returning home the following day by train.

    Mike said: “I shall be 76 on the intended day and feel this may be my last chance to achieve my ambition. I feel passionate about supporting the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as it is one of the charities that our car club supports and we have visited their airbase. I was most impressed at the sterling work they do and the lives they save. They need every pound they can get and I hope that my small contribution will help a little.” We wish Mike all the best and hope that he enjoys further birthday celebrations when he returns home.

    You can support Mike by visiting his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Mikes-Blazing-Saddle/


  3. Sunshine, Smiles and Cuddles for Air Ambulance Cyclists!

    May 19, 2015 by Tracy

    Starting Point at Watchet HarbourHundreds of cyclists assembled at Watchet Harbour on the Somerset coast to take part in the 5th annual Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday (May 17th).

    The event, which is not a race, saw a total of 553 cyclists turn out on the day, in what has become an annual spectacular.  532 cyclists took part in the gruelling but glorious 54 mile ride to West Bay in Dorset and a further 21 cyclists completed the shorter, 11-mile route which began at Drimpton and also ended at West Bay.

    Watchet Town Crier David Milton brought a local personal element to the starting line.  He motivated the cyclists with humour and enthusiasm and after encouraging the cyclists to visit one or all of our four pit stops on-route, before they were set on their way by the Mayor of Watchet, Cllr Peter Murphy.

    Matthew Norris from Bridport, Steve Toogood and Kevin Watts from Minehead (pictured), were the first three cyclists to arrive in West Bay.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.  At 76 years young, Jeffrey Davey was the oldest participant of the day, and cycled the full 54 miles.  Our youngest cyclists were Olivia Reid and Georgie Neville-Rolf (aged 9) who completed the 11 mile route.

    Matthew Norris from Bridport, Steve Toogood and Kevin Watts from Nick RuffellMinehead, were the first three cyclists to arrive in West Bay.  Matthew was first to cross the finish line last year and has taken part in the event for the past four years.

    Nick Ruffell took part for the first time and celebrated in style. “I have only been cycling for a year but really loved it!  The hardest part was the hill climb around Cricket St. Thomas, but the best part by far is this celebratory can of Newcastle Brown Ale!”

    Friends Helen Challis and Cindy BodycombeFriends Helen Challis and Cindy Bodycombe from Bridport cycled the 11 mile route whilst their husbands cycled the 54 miles and said the atmosphere was amazing.  “We never expected to be greeted with people lining the streets and hope everyone doesn’t think we completed the 54 mile route that quickly.”

    Bob Spoors from Taunton, cycled from his home to the starting point at Watchet before completing the 54 mile route.  “I have participated in many sportive events but this is the first time I have entered the Coast to Coast Bob Spoors needed a cuddleChallenge.  It’s by far the best event I have done with plenty of pit-stops along the way.  I stopped twice, once at Ilminster Ambulance Station and then at Drimpton.  A lady at Drimpton asked me if I would like something to drink or a cake or banana.  I said I wanted a cuddle and she obliged. Simply brilliant!”

    Colin Poole from Loaders suffered a stroke three years ago whilst driving.  Colin PooleThe results left him with poor speech and he struggled to walk any distance at all.  One year ago, as part of his recovery he bought a bike and prior to the event had only cycled a maximum of 30 miles.  He was welcomed at the finish line by his partner of 20 years and a gathering of supporters waiting to congratulate him.

    Clive Dickin, National Director AAAThe Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge also played a part in a personal challenge for Clive Dickin, National Director of the Association of Air Ambulances.  Clive’s challenge began on Saturday 16th May in Worcestershire and culminates in London on Wednesday 20th May by which point he will have cycled over 350 miles in a total of five days, raising money for five air ambulance charities in the process.

    Kay Joy with Betty the bull terrierKay Joy took part for the second year.  She is pictured with her bull terrier Betty and cycled as part of the Auto Bitz team.  “I loved the event last year, but this year was even better because I was much fitter and have a new bike!”

    Team O TumblersA gathering of cyclists wearing blue t-shirts saw Team O Tumblers once again come out in force raising thousands of pounds in sponsorship.  Patrick and Lavinia de Pelet, both of whom are 74, completed the cycle and have raised over £2,000.  Rachael Green who set up her own JustGiving page has already raised approximately£1,200.

    Even fancy dress played its part on the day with James O Sullivan, Lee Phipps and Paul Cooper from Cotford St. Luke sporting tutus.  “We always dress up on Sunday’s so James O Sullivan, Lee Phipps and Paul Cooper from Cotford St. Luke sporting tutustoday is no exception.  The event is fantastic.  The signposting is brilliant, so you really can’t get lost on the way and everyone at the pit-stops is so lovely.”

    Ten year old Martha Pearce rode 54 miles with her dad Eddie and godmother Deborah Alexander. They were greeted with a ‘YOU DID IT’ banner as they arrived in West Bay.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, who completed the 54 mile route said:Ten year old Martha Pearce rode 54 miles with her dad Eddie and godmother Deborah Alexander

    “Taking part in the event is a really great way to get a good perspective on the organization and running of the event.  Mingling with the riders at all stages and getting right into the atmosphere was really uplifting.

    “I am full of admiration for all those who pushed themselves, in some cases, well beyond their normal limits to complete the Challenge.  I must also say a huge thank you to all my team; that includes staff, volunteers and those who turned out just to help us on the day.  Their incredible hard work, dedication and boundless enthusiasm all fuelled what I believe is our best event to date.  Our thanks also go to the event sponsors, local councils, police and the Ambulance Service for their support in helping to make the day such a success. Here’s to next year!”

    finishLast year, the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge raised over £60,000 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  This year, prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most sponsorship in the following categories: Adult, Under 16 and Team.  These will be presented later in the year when all funds are received.

    As well as sponsorship of the cyclists, there are two other ways in which donations can be made in support of the event.  These can be made online HERE or by mobile phone by texting: COAS05 £5 to 70070

    Photographs and videos taken on the day are FREE to download by clicking HERE.


  4. Coast to Coast Countdown!

    May 14, 2015 by Tracy

    Cyclists supports with flagWell it's nearly here....  On Sunday, 600 cyclists will get on their bikes and take part in our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015.  It's our 5th year in the saddle and we are expecting this to be the best event yet!

    For the cyclists taking part, we are always looking to hear the reasons why you have entered.  Is it because you have been touched by the work of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance? Are you cycling in memory of a loved one or do you simply want to challenge yourself and support our cause?

    A hug at the finish lineThese reasons are what makes this event so special and enable us to capture some of the special moments on the day and share them with so many others.  Simply send us an EMAIL, with as much information as you like, we would love to hear from you!

    Once again, our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is a SELL-OUT but that doesn't mean that you can't get involved!  Why not come out and support all those taking part.  The route covers some of Somerset and Dorset’s most beautiful countryside and can be found here.  We are sure that everyone would welcome a clap and a cheer along the way!

    To get you in the mood for this weekend, you can view some of the photographs taken at last year’s event by clicking here.


  5. Seavington Support

    May 12, 2015 by Tracy

    Donation to Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceA cheque totalling £335 was presented to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at the Seavington Point to Point, Little Windsor during April.  Louise and Rachel Dowding collected approximately £200 at the annual end of season supporters club supper and proceeds from the Falls trophy which was presented to Ryan Brazier totalled £130.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance fundraising co-ordinator, Leanne Colverson received the cheque on the charity’s behalf.


  6. Cycle Challenge set to be the best yet!

    May 8, 2015 by Tracy

    C2C Starting point at Watchet HarbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is holding its 5th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 17th May 2015 and is hoping that the public will come out in support of the 600 cyclists taking part.

    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.  This year a staggered start will mean that the stronger cyclists will set off first at 11.00am and the less experienced cyclists will depart at 11.15am.  A shorter 11 mile route starts at the Royal Oak public house in Drimpton at 2.00pm and also finishes as West Bay.

    One of the uphill climbsLast year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £60,000 for the life-saving charity.  With only 600 places available, it was no surprise that the event was sold out within days of on-line registration being open.

    Supporters will be able to encourage the cyclists’ on-route or at one of the four allocated pit-stops located at Bishops Lydeard Football Club, Creech St Michael, Ilminster Ambulance Station and the Royal Oak public house in Drimpton.  Finish line celebrations will take place at East Beach Car Park in West Bay where cyclists are expected to start arriving from around 2.00pm.  A link to the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge route can be found here. Cyclist supports with flag

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted that this event is so well supported and it seems to get better year on year.  The atmosphere amongst the cyclists and those who support them at the start, en-route and at the finishing point is incredible.  This is our fifth year in the saddle and we are hoping it will be the best C2C Cycle Challenge yet!

    “Of those taking part this year, there are former patients, who have experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand.  Others are cycling in memory of loved ones, as part of a team, or simply want to challenge themselves and support our cause.

    Friends Scott Davidson and Stan Sadler took part last year and were greeted by their families at the finish line“Our thanks go to our wonderful team of volunteers, members of the public and local businesses who are helping with marshalling and helping to keep cyclists safe.  Thanks are also due to the event sponsors: Bond Air Services, Framptons Transport Services Ltd, Francis Clark Chartered Accountants, Garador Ltd, Glastonbury Spring Water, Max Davidson Optometry, Porter Dodson, Tamlyns Estate Agents and The Bicycle Chain.  Without their help, we simply could not put on such a large scale event.”

    As well as individual sponsorship of the cyclists, the charity has set up two other ways in which donations can be made in support of the event.  These can be made online by visiting: www.dsairambulance.org.uk or by mobile phone by texting: COAS05 £5 to 70070


  7. Airlift News!

    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 20.04.15 – 03.05.15

    Glastonbury – Adult Female – RRV Request – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Taunton – Adult Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed to Morristons Hospital, Swansea

    Wareham – Adult Male – RRV Request – Head and back Injury – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Wincanton – Elderly Female – Lawn Mower Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Shepton Mallet – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Bridport – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – On Scene

    Verwood – Adult Female – Horse Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells – Adult Male – Suspected Heart Attack – Cleared at Scene

    Compton Abbas – Adult Female – Suspected Heart Attack - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Mere – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Blandford – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    West Bay – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Shaftesbury – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Parkstone – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Poole General Hospital

    Radstock – Adult Female – Chest Pains – Patient treated on scene

    South Petherton – Adult Male - Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

     


  8. Clive’s Big Cycle Ride!

    May 6, 2015 by Tracy

    Clive Dickin training for his big rideSix months ago, Clive Dickin, National Director of the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) was offered a £5 bet by a colleague that he could not cycle from Strensham Services in Worcestershire to Filton in Bristol, a total of 55 miles. Never one to turn down an opportunity, Clive decided to challenge himself further, by using the opportunity to lose weight and raise funds for five air ambulance charities in the process.

    With determination, he set about creating a cycle route which would see him visit the airbases of the air ambulance charities or play a part in their fundraising events.  Now, instead of the original 55 mile challenge, Clive will be cycling over 350 miles in a total of 5 days.

    Clive’s itinerary begins on Saturday 16th May in Worcestershire and culminates in London on Wednesday 20th May.  Part of the challenge includes taking part in the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge on Sunday 17th May which begins at Watchet Harbour in Somerset and ends at West Bay in Dorset.

    Clive’s Big Cycle Ride Itinerary:

    • Saturday 16 May, Strensham, 85 miles to Berrow via Filton
    • Sunday 17 May, 83 miles, Berrow to Watchet Harbour then taking part in the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge finishing in West Bay
    • Monday 18 May, 82 miles, West Bay to Salisbury
    • Tuesday 19 May, 60 miles, Salisbury via Thruxton to Farnham
    • Wednesday 20 May, 50 miles, Farnham to the Royal London, Whitchapel

     

    To support Clive and in turn raise funds for: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Great Western Air Ambulance, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, London’s Air Ambulance and Midlands Air Ambulance, please donate via Clive’s Virgin Giving page.


  9. What a Treat!

    April 28, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    PlatinumGoldDo you have a sweet tooth? Are you looking for an opportunity to start up your own business? Then this could be something to tickle your fancy!

    Sweet Treats donations offer quality sweets and snacks in an ‘honesty box’ which is left at various outlets and businesses across the Dorset and Somerset area. There are more than 60 different choices available with nostalgic flavours such as vanilla fudge, milk chocolate peanuts, chocolate brazil nuts and coconut mushrooms or delicious cakes such as chocolate cherry crunchy cake and caramel shortbread. With such a variety, there’s sure to be something to tickle your taste buds!

    Sweet Treats are offering Gold and Platinum Package franchise opportunities for people who would like to run their own business and raise money for our cause.  If you would like further information on the franchise opportunity or simply want to have a Sweet Box located at your workplace, call:  01271 268323 or visit their website: www.sweettreatdonations.com


  10. Airlift News!

    April 24, 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 30.03.15 – 19.04.15

    Frome – Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Frome – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Buckland Newton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Okeford Fitzpaine – Elderly Male – Collapse – Conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Piddletrenthide – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Donhead St Head – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Midsomer Norton – Elderly Male – Breathing Difficulties – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Bishops Lydeard – Male – Suffered a Fall – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Chewton Mendip – Road Traffic Incident – Cleared at Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Ludwell – Adult Male – Fall from Paraglider – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

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

    Frome – Elderly Female – RRV Request – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Bridgwater – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    West Lydford – Child Female – Injured by horse – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Yeovil – Elderly Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Chard – Elderly Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Yeovil Hospital - Adult Female – Head Injury – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Westonzoyland – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Head Injury – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Broadwindsor – Adult Female – RRV Request – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Shepton Mallet – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Misterton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Frome – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Blandford – Adult Male – Land Crew Request – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Langport – Toddler Female – Suffered Burns – On Scene – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Allerford – Adult Female – Land Crew Request – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Hurn – RRV Request - Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Isle Abbotts – Teenager Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Farrington – Teenager Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Storton Caundle – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Corton Denham - Adult Male – Fall from Pushbike – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Priddy Wells – Teenager Male –  Fall from Motocross Bike – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

    Corfe Mullen – Teenager Female – Horse Riding Incident - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

     


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