1. Airlift News

    March 10, 2014 by Tracy

    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.

    Week Commencing 3.3.14

    Bridport - Adult Female - Suffered a Fall - Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Somerton - Teenager Male - Conveyed to Bristol Children's Hospital

    Hilton - Adult Male - Suffered a fall -On scene first - patient travelled by land vehicle

    Cheddar - Teenager Male - Motorcross incident - Conveyed to RUH, Bath

    Wells - Adult Male - Diabetic - On scene first - Patient treated at scene 

    Corsley - Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - On scene first - patient treated

    Wheddon Cross - Adult Male - Motorcycle incident - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

  2. Martin Clunes and Buckham Fair to aid Air Ambulance

    February 12, 2014 by Tracy

    Buckham FairWe are absolutely delighted to announce that Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are to be the beneficiaries of this year’s highly acclaimed Buckham Fair which takes place on Sunday August 17th 2014.

    We were fortunate enough to work with Martin, Philippa and their organising committee back in 2011 where the event raised a staggering £34,000 for the Charity.

    Buckham Fair 3Buckham Fair began in 2008.  After moving to their farm in 2007, Martin and Philippa bought a new plot of land, one of the few pieces of flat land in Beaminster.  They realised that the land would be perfect to hold an old-fashioned type Fair, perfect for the community to have fun and also raise money for local charities.  In fact, they since found out that there is an Ancient Charter that allows the holder of the land to hold a Fair each year!Buckham Fair 2

    Keen horse, pony and dog lovers, they also wanted to include a small pony and dog show.  The classes in both have grown year on year and now the schedule is packed full and the Fair has grown bigger and better!

    To date, it has raised over £112,000 for local charities.

    We really can’t wait for this year’s event and hope many of our supporters will join us on the day.  To find out more Dog Stopinformation on the event and how you can get involved, visit: www.buckhamfair.co.uk


  3. Weymouth International Beach X – Feb 22/23rd

    February 6, 2014 by Tracy

    Weymouth International Beach XRaising funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, this exciting International event will have top riders from the both Adult & Youth ranks from all over the UK & Europe with machines ranging from 50cc to 700cc riders aged 8 years upward, with several top women riders competing in this new event.

    Racing at Weymouth will be motocross style with short races on the  'Dry Sands'  on this part of the Dorset Coastline.

    100cc Youth Quads, Adult Solos and Adult Sidecar racing will take place on Saturday with the adult Quads and 250cc Youth Quads to follow on the re-vamped course on Sunday + NEW for 2014 the Thundercat Power Boat Demos will be zipping through the sea parallel to the Weymouth Beach!

    Crowds will be able to pack Weymouth Seafront to enjoy the thrills and spills of this unique spectacle for just £5.00 per adult and for children under the age of 16 its FREE .
    The beach course when constructed will be approximately one mile long and is designed to test the riders to the limits, reaching speeds of 70 mph, while competitively negotiating 'Bomb Holes', Dare Devil Jumps, Sharp Chicanes and a high speed straight.

    Take a visit to the "Races Pit Area", browse along the motocross trade stalls and enjoy the many seafront attractions, entertainment and hospitality.
    The Event is raising funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  For full details and entry go to: www.weymouthbeachx.co.uk

    You Tube Video Link for IFRAME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvgjXVCThC8&feature=youtu.be


  4. Lester Aldridge Charity Quiz raises over £1,000

    by Tracy

    Lester AldridgeLeading Bournemouth law firm Lester Aldridge has raised over £1000 for their charity of the year, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance at their annual corporate quiz night.

    The quiz night, held on Thursday 30 January at The Village Hotel in Bournemouth, was attended by teams from local companies, including Barclays, Saffery Champness, Bournemouth University, McCarthy & Stone, Handelsbanken, Ceuta Healthcare and HSBC.

    The winning team was from Saffrey Champness (who beat Handelsbanken by just a few points).

    Victoria Jones, Partner and member of the fundraising team at Lester Aldridge, commented: “The Air Ambulance relies solely on donations to raise the £1.7 million a year it costs to keep the helicopter flying. I am delighted that we have managed to raise over £1,000 and would like to thank all of those who made this event such a success.”


  5. Critical Reference Guide to be distributed to Westminster

    January 29, 2014 by Tracy

    Framework 2013The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) will deliver its newly revised Framework for a High Performing Air Ambulance Service to Government Ministers and a number of influential MP’s in the last week of January.

    The 50-page document will be distributed to the specific ministers and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) and replaces its predecessor which was published back in 2008.  It provides a detailed overview through which Air Ambulance Services and the NHS Ambulance Trusts / Foundations can further develop and deliver a high-performing, consistent, patient-focused critical care service.

    Members of the AAA participated extensively in the Framework’s content by sharing critical core areas of competence and best practice. 

    The new publication updates all information covered in the 2008 publication and gives a detailed overview of the following key areas:  Pre-Hospital Care, Background to the Air Ambulance Sector, Trustee and Governance Models, Clinical Standards and Governance, Operational Management, Dispatch, Staff and Training and provides a number of conclusions.

    The Framework does not advocate a specific model, but instead recognises the need for services tailored to meet the demands of the varying local care environments.  It has been developed and produced with the express purpose of improving patient outcomes and recognises the importance of Critical Care, Major Trauma Networks and other specialist care pathways such as dedicated Burns Networks.

    The process of continual improvement through collaboration is key to the on-going success of air ambulances.  The Association encourages all air ambulances and ambulance services to be cognisant of this document.

  6. Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge Fully Booked!

    January 27, 2014 by Tracy

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 4th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully bookedC2C Logo Colour for 2014.

    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 18th May 2014. 

    With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, it was no surprise that within three weeks of the Charity announcing on-line registration open, all places had been filled.

    The start of C2C at Watchet Harbour (2)Last year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £60,000 for the life-saving Charity. 

    The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances.  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. 

    The brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.  A shorter 11 mile route begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, “Our Coast to Coast Cyclists supports with flagCycle Challenge is currently the only fundraising event we organise in-house.  We restrict the numbers to 600 cyclists 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. 

    “We are really looking forward to this year's event and hope that everyone who has entered will encourage their family and friends to sponsor them in a bid to raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    As well as 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 via the Charity’s website: www.dsairambulance.org.uk or by mobile phone by texting: COAS04 £10 to 70070

  7. Vintage Tractors and Isleport Rally Group

    January 24, 2014 by Tracy

    Isleport Rally GroupThe Isleport Rally Group hosted the Isleport Steam & Vintage Show last summer and raised £450 for the Charity on the day.  A further £550 was handed over during a visit to our Henstridge airbase last weekend as the group wanted to make the funds up to £1,000.  Not only did they bring along the cheque, to our delight they came with one of their vintage tractors too!

  8. QEFMG rides for Charity!

    by Tracy

    QEFMG donate fundsThe Quantock & Exmoor Family Motorcycle Group (QEFMG) held their 2nd anniversary dinner on Saturday January 11, where they presented us with a kind donation of £300. Further events are being planned throughout 2014.  All rides arranged are raising money for the Charity.  More information on the group and the respective ride dates can be found by visiting: www.qefmotorcyclegroup.co.uk or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/qefmotorcyclegroup




  9. Surprise Party raises £200

    by Tracy

    Presentation at airbaseWe were delighted to welcome a lovely family to our airbase last weekend.  Joshua and Emily Hunt wanted to arrange a surprise retirement part for their granddad Maurice.  After having a lovely time, donations in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were made and everyone managed to raise £200.  Pictured (left to right) is: Clinical Support Officer Paul Owen, Maurice Maynard, Thomas Hunt, Lorraine Hunt, Joshua Hunt, Emily Hunt, Jean Maynard and Pilot Phil Merritt.

    A big thank you from us all!


  10. Lottery Winners!

    January 20, 2014 by Tracy

    Mrs  WilksMany congratulations to Mrs Win Wilkes from Verwood who became one of our Flight for Life Lottery Jackpot winners over the Christmas period!  Win and her daughter Pam wrote to us explaining that she had never won anything before!  After hearing a talk at her local WI she signed up to show her support.  Win celebrated her 90th birthday last March and is pictured with her great grandson William and her new granddaughter Poppy!

    Every Friday, a list of winners are uploaded to our website.  If you are one of the people who support us in this way, why not take a look and check if you have been lucky HERE. 

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