1. 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.

     


  2. 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)


  3. 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


  4. 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!

     


  5. Events supporting us this weekend!

    June 26, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    If you’re not sure what to do this weekend, we have a selection of events that are sure to have something for all of the family whether you live in the Dorset or Somerset area!

    Charity Cycle RideWimborne and Ferndown Lions Club are helping to raise money for four local charities (including Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance) with their 15 mile family cycle ride event through the picturesque East Dorset countryside. The cycle ride (which is not a race) will take place on Saturday 28th June at 10.00am and will start and finish at the Barley Mow Inn, Wimborne. Entry for the cycle ride has now closed but you can show your support to those taking part and then tuck into a yummy pig roast or BBQ depending on numbers, at the Barley Mow Inn.

    In association with Somerset Road Safety, there will be a packed weekend show for fans of two-wheeled motoring at Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June. Whether new to the joys of biking or a veteran rider, a packed weekend with something for everyone awaits. There will be an auto jumble, rider safety focus with demonstrations and assessed rides, vehicle parades, prize giving and the Jeff Clew Memorial run on Sunday. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be attending with a stall, so why not pop along and say hello! For further information about the event, email caroline@haynesmotormuseum.co.uk

    Westfield Ladies ChoirIn Midsomer Norton in Somerset, the Westfield Ladies Choir plus guests will be celebrating 70 years of singing on Saturday 27th June. The concert will take place at the Somer Centre in Midsomer Norton and will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.00 for adults and £5.00 for children and can be purchased by calling 01761 436942.  If you fancy an evening full of smiles and singing then this could be perfect for you!

    Transport of Yesteryear will hold their 17th Annual Fun Day and Car Show on Sunday 27th June. The day will start from 10.00am at School Hill in Chickerell, Dorset and will host fairground rides, trade stands and music from Stompin' Dave, The Rock Choir, Nikki, The ABC Step In Line Dancers, Chris Groves and Brian. There will be something for everyone with alpacas, birds of prey, food stalls, a bouncy castle, a car boot and of course the cars. Entry costs £4 per adult and £10 for a family of two adults and two children plus there will be free car parking. For more information about this event, please call Carle Grahame on 01305 771760.

    Charity Music Event 27.06.15As mentioned in last week’s news, there will be a charity music event at Lime Kiln Farm near Wedmore in Somerset on Saturday 27th June. The music night will run from 6.30pm until late and will feature the U3A Ladies Choir and Cheddar Male Choir. What’s more, the event will also have a scrumptious pig roast, Thatchers Cider, Buckham Ale plus other beverages and a grand prize draw with prizes being donated from local businesses. Raffle tickets for the draw are available to purchase on the evening and cost £1 per strip. Tickets for this event cost £8 and are available from Deane and Sons clothing shop in Cheddar, Somerset or by contacting Colin on 07805 670563.

    Kingston County Fair will take place in Dorset on Sunday 28th June from 11.00am. The event will be held in the field behind Kingston Country Courtyard (on the Kingston to Swanage Road) and aims to be bigger and better than last year’s event. There will be something for all of the family with fairground rides, arena attractions, bar, a parade of the classic cars to be followed by vintage tractors, the Beagles from Bovington Army Camp, the Ballyhara Belly Dancers, stall plus much more. Music will be provided from Karl Lattimer, the Shanty Singers from the Swanage Lifeboat Crew, Darwins, Murphy’s Law and the Tom Newton band. For more information about this event, please visit the event website www.kingstoncountryfair.co.uk

     


  6. Events supporting us this weekend!

    June 19, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    If you’re not sure what to do this weekend, we have a selection of events that are sure to have something for all of the family whether you live in the Dorset or Somerset area!

    Lighthouse InnThe Lighthouse Inn at Burnham on Sea, Somerset will host an evening of live music tonight (Friday 19th June) from The Riverbrue! The band are a popular choice for all types of functions and play a wide range of music from the 60’s to the modern day so are sure to keep you moving on the dancefloor. The entertainment will start from 8.30pm until late and there will also be a BBQ!

    DTFCDorchester Town Football Club in Dorset will be holding their Community Fun Day event from 10.00am until 5.00pm on Sunday 21st June. The event will have something for everyone with live music, a fun dog show, football tournament, fairground rides, bouncy castle, refreshments and a variety of stalls including one by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. What’s more, this event has free entry!

    An event for horse lovers in will be taking place at Thorney Lakes Caravan Park in Somerset on Sunday 21st June. The Charity Horse Show will run from 7.00am until 4.00pm and will host four rings for showing horses, refreshments, various stalls plus a photographer.

    The Annual Piddletrenthide and Plush Fete will be held in the beautiful grounds of the Manor House in Piddletrenthide, Dorset on Sunday 21st June. Tickets for the afternoon cost £1.50 per adult with free entry for children.  The day will run from 1.00pm until 4.00pm and have a range of traditional stalls, BBQ serving local venison and other produce, bar, plus cream teas and ice cream served throughout the day. This event will not disappoint with an afternoon packed full of entertainment for all the family including a huge bouncy castle, children’s games, historic dancing display, Punch and Judy, live music, special dog show and to finish the afternoon, there will be aDuck Race down the River Piddle!

    Cream teaThe final event supporting us this weekend will be a Cream Tea held in the grounds of the Sidings in Brushford, Somerset from 2.30pm until 5.00pm. Tickets cost £4 and can be purchased from M and H Fruit and Veg shop in Dulverton. Raffle tickets are available to purchase on the day and dogs on leads are also welcome.

    Upcoming events not to be missed…

    There are still tickets available to purchase for next week’s Charity Music Night at Lime Kiln Farm on 27th June, but be quick as these are sure to sell out! The music night will run from 6.30pm until late and will feature the U3A Ladies Choir and Cheddar Male Choir. What’s more, the event will also have a scrumptious pig roast, Thatchers Cider, Buckham Ale plus other beverages and a grand prize draw with prizes being donated from local businesses. Raffle tickets for the draw are available to purchase on the evening and cost £1 per strip.

    Tickets for this event cost £8 and are available from Deane and Sons clothing shop in Cheddar, Somerset or by contacting Colin on 07805 670563.

     

     


  7. Cyclists with Steele

    June 18, 2015 by Lara Lucas
    Debbie Birtwisle (DSAA Fundraising Co-ordinator), Bryan Steele, Jamie Short, Richard Jones (Club Chairman), Phil Gibbs (Club Treasurer), Lisa Stanley (International Country Singer & Entertainer), Roger Maynard, Dion Maynard, Tony Short (DAAT Volunteer), & Glenn Birtwisle (DAAT Paramedic).

    Debbie Birtwisle (DSAA Fundraising Co-ordinator), Bryan Steele, Jamie Short, Richard Jones (Club Chairman), Phil Gibbs (Club Treasurer), Lisa Stanley (International Country Singer & Entertainer), Roger Maynard, Dion Maynard, Tony Short (DAAT Volunteer), & Glenn Birtwisle (DAAT Paramedic).

    A group of cyclists from Tiverton have raised £750 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by cycling from Tiverton to Weymouth recently. At the end of their 79 mile cycle ride, the group who are called Cyclists with Steele, were greeted at Weymouth Conservative Club by Dorset volunteers Terry and Susan Dredge.

    The cyclists who raised funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Devon Air Ambulance Trust, presented both charities with a cheque for £750. The group are expecting to raise approximately £1000 in total for each charity once further sponsorship money has been received.

    The following day the cyclists headed back to Tiverton and on route, paid a visit to Henstridge Airfield where they met pilot Phil Merritt and paramedics Paul Owen and Claire Baker who gave them a tour of the helicopter.


  8. Have you registered for Bring a Pound to Work yet?

    June 15, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    BringapoundtoworkdayOn 1st June, Wessex FM launched ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ live on James O’Neill’s breakfast show. The fundraising initiative is asking people to bring a pound to work or school on Tuesday 30th June to help raise funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    A big thank you to those who have already registered, this initiative is a great way to support our cause. If your workplace or school have not yet registered but would like to, don’t worry there is still time! All you need to do is register on the Wessex FM website and spread the word on social media using the hashtag #bringapound.


  9. Airlift News!

    June 12, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Airlift

    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 25.05.15 – 07.06.15

    Wyke Champflower – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Portland – Elderly Male – RRV Request – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Bishops Lydeard – Land Crew Request – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Mapperton – Adult Male – Tree Fallen On Arm – Clear On Scene - Paramedic and patient conveyed by Search and Rescue to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Egford - Elderly Female -  RRV Request – Access Issues – Clear On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Berrow – Child – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

    Gurney Slade – Adult Female – Horse Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Chilcompton – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital

    West Stour – Teenage Female – Horse Incident – On Scene First – Patient treated on scene

    Weymouth – Adult Male - RRV Request – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Studland – Land Crew Request – Access Issues – Leg Injury - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Winfrith Newburgh – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Attended with RRV - Dr Air Assisted - Dr and patient conveyed by Devon Air Ambulance to Southampton General Hospital

    Poole – Adult Male – Head and Leg Injuries – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Poole Hospital

    Cross – Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - On Scene - Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Weston General Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare

    Swanage – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Poole Hospital

    Priddy – Adult Male - Motorcross Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Langport – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Glastonbury – Elderly Male – Suffered a Fall – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton


  10. Fines with a smile!

    June 9, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Wrington ValeThe Wrington Vale Rotary Club has donated £600 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Rotary Club members were asked to contribute to the chosen charity box for the year whenever they committed misdemeanours at meetings. During John Thatcher’s year as President, the club fines amounted to £1,800 and John decided that the proceeds should be split between Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and two other charities. Somerset volunteers Colin Thomas and Anita Townsend attended a cheque presentation at the Burrington Arms, Nr Winscombe recently where they were delighted to receive the money on behalf of the charity.


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