1. Western Group of Motoring Writers get into gear for DSAA

    May 9, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    McLaren 650SThe Western Group of Motoring Writers (WGMW) was formed in 1983 and boasts over 20 full and honorary members with interests that cover the full range of motoring journalism; regional and national press, broadcast media, trade press, photography and specialist publications.

    The group holds an annual Driving Day at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire every June. This invitation-only event blends both on-road and on-circuit driving with an element of fun and fundraising built in.  It asks for participants to make a donation on the day, in a bid to raise funds for deserving local charities.

    A spokesman for the WGMW said: "We have held the event for motor enthusiasts for over 25 years and during that time have donated thousands of pounds to local charities.  Our members are asked to nominate and at our AGM held at the end of 2015, we thought Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were worthy recipients for the work they do with motorists and people living in rural parts of the west-country.  We were delighted to be able to donate £500.”


  2. Lottery Results!

    May 6, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    LotteryCongratulations 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 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!


  3. Text COAS16 £5 to 70070 to support Air Ambulance C2C cyclists

    by Tracy

    DSAA in actionDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is holding its 6th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 15th May 2016 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.  A staggered start will see the stronger cyclists set off first at 11.00am with the less experienced riders departing 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.

    Cyclists start at Watchet HarbourLast year’s event saw people of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £64,000 for the life-saving charity.  With only 600 places available, it was no surprise that the event was sold out within three days of on-line registration being open.

    This ever-popular event is renowned for being an emotional and inspiring day out for everyone involved.  That’s no surprise given the fact that the cyclists consist of patients who have experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand and those who take part in memory of a loved one.  Others get involved as part of a team or simply want to challenge themselves and support the Charity in return.

    Darren Avery Darren Avery is taking part in the event for the very first time.  “As a cyclist who heads out into the far reaches of the countryside, I’m only too aware that either I or my companions might one day need the services of the air ambulance. A friend of mine was airlifted off the Mendip Hills after a mountain bike accident and badly injured his leg. I very much appreciate the knowledge that the air ambulance is there if ever we need their help.   It’s an honour for me to be able to ride and support them at the same time.”

    Anthony Maynard was tragically killed in a road traffic incident in 2008Dave Maynard is taking part for the fourth year.  He is cycling in memory of his 25 year old son Anthony who lost his life after a road traffic incident.  Anthony was on a training ride when he was hit by a van back in 2008.  “This year is extra special as my wife Sue is also taking part.  I think that’s amazing; a mother who loses her son whilst cycling decides to get on a bike herself and ride in his memory.  If that’s not courage, then what is?”

    Teams o’ Tumblers are once again coming out in force for their third year running. Last year, thirty six members took part and raised a staggering £19,601.90.  It certainly won’t be hard to spot them that’s for sure.

    Even the Charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright and Medical Lead Dr. Phil Hyde have set themselves challenges this year.

    Hannah, George and Emily Hyde in TrainingDr. Phil Hyde has been working with the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for over three years.  Actively involved in pre-hospital care since 2003, Phil also works at Southampton Children’s Hospital as an intensive care consultant.  Wanting to play their part, Phil and his wife Hannah, together with their children George (3) and Emily (5), will cycle the 11 mile route on a tandem bike with a tag-along and a front seat.

    Bill Sivewright is usually seen behind the scenes helping to organise the event on the day.   Last year he rode to support a friend but this year he is taking part in support of the Charity.

    “After coming up with the idea of running the event five years ago, I trailed the route a number of times but for the first few years I was far too heavily involved with the admin to ride on the day.  Last year I rode to support Clive Dickin, National Director of the Association of Air Ambulances, however this year I’m doing it for the Charity.

    Bill Sivewright, DSAA CEO“It’s a fantastic occasion and the atmosphere is incredible.  I’m sure it will be an extremely emotional day all round and the aches and pains will definitely be worthwhile.  The event seems to get better year on year and that is mainly due to the wonderful team of volunteers, members of the public and local businesses who help us with marshalling and keeping the cyclists safe.

    “Our thanks go to the event sponsors and the various pit stop locations along the route, without their help and support, we simply could not put on such a large scale event.

    “Finally, a very big thank you to all the cyclists taking part who are encouraging their friends and family to sponsor them.  Let’s hope the weather stays fine and we raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet!”

    Supporters will be able to encourage the Coast to Coast cyclists at the starting point along the route or at the finishing line celebrations at East Beach Car Park in West Bay.

    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: COAS16 £5 to 70070


  4. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    May 5, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    For events postDon’t forget to check out our online events calendar for events taking place over the next couple of weeks that are either in aid of the charity, or that we are attending with a stall!

    • DSAA Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge
    • Cheddar Challenge
    • Charity Fete
    • Charity Bingo
    • Mendip Vintage and Classic Tour

     

    There are more than likely to be events taking place across Dorset and Somerset which we are unaware of. If you are organising an event in aid of us, please contact the office on 01823 669604 and we will be happy to help you promote this.

    To view all events on our online events calendar, click here.


  5. Airlift News!

    April 28, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind 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 04.04.16 - 24.04.16

    Longthorns – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wincanton – Adult Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Brean – Adult Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Stoke St Michael – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Cheddar – Teenage Male – Abdominal Injury – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Kewstoke – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Access Issues - Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Tollard Royal – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Sherborne – Adult Male – Arm Injury – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Sturminster Newton – Elderly Male – Head Injury – Land Crew request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Yeovil – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Yeovil District Hospital

    Cricket Malherbie – Teenage Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford Forum – Unconscious – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Motcombe – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – D&S RRV & Aircraft – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Old Sarum – Adult Male – Patient Crushed – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Burton Bradstock – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Studland – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Poole Hospital

    East Chinnock – Adult Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Durleigh – Teenage Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Cheddar – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Weston General Hospital

    West Lulworth – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Montecute – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Cannington – Elderly Male – Not Breathing – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford Forum – Adult Female – Not Breathing – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Gillingham – Elderly Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Mere – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene First

    Wareham – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  6. Live Tweets from 999 Control Room

    by Tracy

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to work a shift in a busy 999 control room?

    The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT) is giving you the chance to go behind the scenes and experience some of the challenges that their call handlers face every single day as they hold a live ‘tweetathon’  on Friday 29th April.

    The event will follow action from the Exeter Control Room during a 12-hour shift from 6am until 6pm.  The Trust manages more than 2,500 incidents a day, offering help, advice and reassurance. This shift is expected to be particularly busy as it leads up to the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

    SWASFT LogoYou can follow the tweetathon via their Twitter page @swasFT and join in by using the hashtag #swasftLive. 

    To find out more, please CLICK HERE.


  7. Burtle Silver Band Supports DSAA!

    April 25, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Air AmbulanceAt their Thursday evening band practice the Burtle Silver Band entertained a special guest from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Jonathan Gillams and Sandra Healey from the band were joined by Roz Dolding of the Edington Village Voices Choir to present Colin Thomas from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with a cheque for £668.45 - and also treated him to a behind the scenes view of a brass band going through the rigours of a rehearsal.

    Almost a year ago the Burtle Silver Band chose to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance through collections made at the fetes, bandstands, seaside promenades and concerts that they played around the region. One of the stand out concerts of the year was a joint event with Roz Dolding’s Village Voices choir at the Edington Village Hall. That event was an absolute sell out and also raised £355 for the charity. Another successful event for the band was the Sing Sankey held at the Westfield Church in Bridgwater, raising £360. This collection had already been given to the Air Ambulance, bringing the total annual donation to over £1,000.


  8. Lottery Results!

    April 22, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    LotteryCongratulations 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 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!


  9. Sky’s The Limit for Riders In The Sky

    by Lara Lucas
    Scott Baker and the team from R.I.T.S and their cheque of £10348 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance , Nikki 07581051285

    Scott Baker and the team from R.I.T.S with their cheque of £10348

    Riders In The Sky are a local fundraising group from Glastonbury who raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in memory of Lee Baker, an avid motorcyclist and charity worker who lost his life on the 8th November 2010 in a motorcycle accident.

    The group hold an annual Ride Out and Family Fun Day which has become a massive fundraising success. Last year’s event raised a total of £10,348 which is amazing.

    Lee’s sister, Nikki Lamb who helps organise the event said: "We are truly grateful for the wonderful support we receive from the community in helping us raise funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Locals and businesses alike play a massive part in the events success and with their help last year, we were able to present a cheque to the air ambulance for £9,500.”

    RITS PosterThis year’s Ride Out and Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday 29th May at Tor Leisure in Glastonbury. Tickets for the 70 mile ride out cost £5 per person and the Family Fun Day will start at 12.30pm. The event has something for the whole family and includes an auction, raffle, live music, children’s entertainment, refreshments and much more.

    Nikki concluded by saying: “We are really looking forward to seeing everyone at Tor Leisure on 29th May. If any businesses would like to have a stall on the day, or would like to donate towards the auction/raffle, please email: ritsday@hotmail.co.uk.”

    More information about the event can be found by visiting the ‘Riders In The Sky’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ritsday


  10. Your Dementia Friends

    April 20, 2016 by Tracy

    CertificateEarlier this year, our Lottery Canvassing Team completed their Dementia Friend training.  This friendly, knowledgeable group of individuals, represent the Charity out and about at supermarket stores and call on people door-to-door, to promote and encourage people to join our ‘Flight for Life’ weekly lottery.

    The aim of the training was not about receiving a qualification.  Instead, its purpose was for our team to gain a better understanding of dementia, how to identify the common signs of someone suffering with the disease and the simple actions to take that will help.  Given the nature of the canvasser’s role within the community, the training would also help them to identify vulnerable adults who might unwittingly give consent to payments they cannot really afford.

    Dementia is caused by a number of different diseases of the brain.  The most common is Alzheimer’s but there are others including Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Pick’s Disease.  Although more people over the age of 65 suffer from dementia, it’s not a natural part of the ageing process as younger people can have dementia too.

    Dementia FriendsThe team learnt how it can be difficult to tell if someone has dementia as it affects everyone in very different ways.  Interactive discussions involved identifying the common symptoms of dementia which include short term memory loss, struggling to plan or complete tasks, problems with perception, confusion, indecisiveness and difficulty in reading or following instructions.

    The day was deemed a real success and our team learnt so much in the process.  We were so pleased the approach that we plan to extend the training to include all our fundraising staff and volunteers.  As well as being known for our clinical excellence, we also want to be known as leaders when it comes to fundraising standards.  We think it’s the least you deserve!

    The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative was launched in March 2013.  The programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perception of dementia.  There are currently over one million Dementia Friends across England and Wales with a long-term commitment by the Alzheimer’s Society of creating four million Dementia Friends by 2020.


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