1. Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Fully Booked!

    December 14, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    start-from-watchet-harbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 7th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully booked for 2017.

    The event, which is not a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 14th May 2017.

    With only 600 places available and demand higher than ever, it was no surprise that within 11 hours of the Charity announcing on-line registration open, all places had been filled.

    Last year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £81,000 (including gift aid) for the life-saving Charity.

    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:

    “Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge has once again proved incredibly popular.  We know there is always a high demand for the 600 places available which is a credit to everyone involved, whether they be helping to organise, volunteering or taking part.

    “This will be our seventh year in the saddle and every year seems to get better and better.  With such a demand for places, there will undoubtedly be those who are disappointed not to gain a place.  We hope that they will continue to support the Charity and the cyclists taking part, by joining us on the day both at the start, on-route and at the finishing line celebrations.

    dsaa-in-actionFor those who have been fortunate enough to gain a place, we hope that they will encourage their friends and families to sponsor them so that we can raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown more than 11,500 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.


  2. Porlock’s Walks

    by Lara Lucas
    Picture kindly taken by Maureen Harvey shows: Barbara Wilson, Diane Albutt, Alistair and Gill Campbell

    Picture kindly taken by Maureen Harvey shows: Barbara Wilson, Diane Albutt, Alistair and Gill Campbell

    Gill and Alistair Campbell launched their book of walks around Porlock and Exmoor more than five years ago.  Since then, over 1200 copies of "Porlock's Walks" has been sold, raising more than £2,500 for local charities.

    The book highlights a variety of walks in the North Exmoor area and includes a variety of distances which range from a couple of hours to all day walks.

    Gill and Alistair said, “Walkers will get some great views, enjoy the coast, the hills and the moor whilst seeing the wonderful wildlife it offers. We also visit some of the less well known places in the area like Blackford Dovecote and Mitcham Seat.  Every walk is updated each year; it is amazing how many changes happen during the year which is why we think it’s vital that visitors get accurate and up to date information.”

    Gill and Alistair were thrilled to be able to present a cheque for £100 to DSAA volunteers Barbara Wilson and Diane Albutt at the Porlock Country Fair.

     

     


  3. Enter the 2017 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Here!

    December 13, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    start-from-watchet-harbourThank you to everyone for their patience whilst trying to enter the 2017 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge this morning. We have experienced some technical difficulties and are pleased to confirm that these have now been resolved. To enter, please click here.

     


  4. Allianz ‘Twelfth Flight’ Campaign gives donors a chance to WIN a Garmin Vivoactive HR

    December 8, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    allianz_logoAllianz are continuing their fundraising for air ambulances across the UK with their latest Christmas Campaign ‘Twelfth Flight’ which runs from 6th – 17th December.   The initiative is aimed at raising enough money to fund 12 flights/missions (approximately £30,000) over the Christmas period and is part of a wider commitment to support air ambulances between 2016-2018.

    Every flight in an air ambulance costs on average £2,500. For each flight funded by the appeal, Allianz will give one lucky donor a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch (worth £200), in time for Christmas. The Vivoactive HR is GPS-enabled, has a built-in sports app that track your stats, together with smart notifications that allow you to stay connected – what better way to get in shape for the New Year!

    To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize and to be entered into the prize draw, simply donate £5 by visiting https://allianz-fundraising.co.uk/event/twelfth-flight. People can enter as many times as they like and please don’t forget to add Gift Aid to your donation.

    Allianz will match all of the money raised by the closing date of the appeal, or up to the target of £30,000, meaning that 24 flights could potentially be funded!

    All donations made to Allianz’s Corporate Charity Partner (Association of Air Ambulances Charity) will be equally distributed across all air ambulance charities that own or have contractual rights over an air ambulance within the UK.

    For terms and conditions, please visit: https://allianz-fundraising.co.uk/content/twelfth-flight-terms-conditions-1


  5. Statement

    December 7, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    DSAAIn light of the recent fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance would, once again, like to confirm that it does not share or transfer personal information provided by our supporters to any other organisations or third parties, with the exception of our business partners. The Charity is registered under the Data Protection Act which defines UK law and ensures that a person’s rights, freedoms and privacy with respect to the processing of their personal data is respected and adhered to at all times.

    Any data held by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is for our own use. These details enable us to respond to requests for merchandise or fundraising items, pay thanks to those who support us and communicate key information about the Charity to those that request it.

    We do not communicate with any person who has asked us not to and personal details are kept confidential at all times.


  6. APPGAA Annual Reception

    by Lara Lucas

    michael-gallagher-dsaa-trustee-michael-tomlinson-mp-bill-sivewright-dsaa-ceo-rebecca-pow-mp-dr-tony-doyle-and-critical-care-parmedic-paul-owenA reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 28 November 2016. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance services.

    Jim introduced Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Social Society who thanked the APPGAA for all their hard work before addressing the audience.   Rob highlighted the excellent outcome of the Autumn Statement last week where air ambulances were a major beneficiary in being awarded £10.8 million from the banking fines fund (LIBOR).

    Rob Wilson MP said:

    “Air ambulances across the UK have grown to play a key role in our emergency services response capacity.  The latest award of £10.8 million is in addition to the £24 million previously allocated in previous statements, however there is a possibility that these funds will run out in the not too distant future.

    david-warburton-mp-with-dsaa-representatives-bill-sivewright-tracy-bartram-and-michael-gallagher“The air ambulance network needs to consider not only how to continue saving lives but also ways to enhance the network so that they can continue saving lives into the future.  It is making great use of their 2,500 volunteer community in many different ways.  The UK is the second most generous nation in the world donating £11 billion to good causes.  My goal is to create an environment so that the voluntary sector can create a sustainable future.  The public must trust that their fundraising is going to great causes and you have my continued support as the Minister of Social Society.”

    Representatives from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were delighted to be able to meet some of our local MPs in person during the event, all of whom were keen to find out more about the Charity and the plans we have for the future.

    Jim Fitzpatrick MP brought proceedings to a conclusion with a final message of thanks:

    “The APPGAA are here as your champions and your advocates in Parliament. Keep providing the amazing service that you do for our constituents; without you, many of them would not be around.”

    The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of air ambulance charities, ambulance services and the supply chain throughout the UK, supported the reception for the fourth year, bringing patients, charities, ambulance services and legislators together.

    More information on the APPGAA, Association of Air Ambulances and the air ambulance community can be found by visiting: www.aoaa.org.uk

     


  7. Woolbridge 55th Anniversary Tour

    December 5, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    woolbridge-55-picThe Woolbridge Motor Club was formed in 1960 by employees of the Atomic Energy Establishment at Winfrith, and the Army Gunnery School at Lulworth.  An ancient bridge in the village of Wool, mid-way between these two establishments, gave the club its name, and is featured in the club’s badge. In the early years, the club promoted road rallies, then autocross, and, from the late 1970’s, speed hill climbs, car trials, 4x4 trials, classic trials, autotests (grass and tarmac) and navigational events.

    The club held its 55th Anniversary Tour this year with a non-competitive event starting at Wiscombe Park in Devon and finishing at Athelhampton House in Dorset.  The event was raising funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and at 10.00am the first of the 73 cars was waved off the line.  The run would take them through a multitude of narrow lanes, towns and villages with a useful lunch stop about 40 miles into the route.  By 4.30pm the majority of cars were lined up in the sunshine on the rear lawn of Athelhampton House.

    The club would like to thank everyone who took part on the day.  Tony Freeman was delighted to present a cheque for £1,500 (which included a generous donation by Paul Trowbridge and his friends) to DSAA volunteers Pam Eamer and Ron Bishop.

    Photographs taken on the day can be found on the club’s website: http://www.woolbridge.co.uk/galleries.html


  8. Events Supporting Our Charity

    December 2, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Don’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!

    • Wilsonatorgator Christmas Lights Switch On
    • Meet Santa at Blackdown Garden Centre
    • Saffron’s Skydive
    • Yuletide Celebration
    • Exford Christmas Fayre
    • Rumwell by Candlelight

     

    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.


  9. Tennis Treasures

    by Lara Lucas

    cheque-presentation-08-08-16In 2015, Adele and Pete Coles, who were both in their early sixties, sadly passed away within eight weeks of each other.  Adele was the long term secretary of Wiveliscombe Tennis Club and Pete, who was a builder by profession, was the main contributor of rebuilding the new clubhouse which stands there today.

    In their memory, friends from the tennis club decided to purchase a memorial bench which they wanted to place at one of the most beautiful spots within the grounds; overlooking the tennis courts and hills to the south.  Collections from family and friends, together with a generous donation from the club, far exceeded the cost of the bench so the couple’s children Tina and Jason decided that the remaining funds would be donated to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as it was a charity close to their parent’s hearts.

    Tina visited our head office with Ivor Griffiths; a long standing tennis club member and family friend to hand over a cheque for £200.  Tina said, “The family are delighted that they have been able to follow what would have been the wishes of Adele and Peter and make this donation to a worthy cause.”

     


  10. Rumwell by Candlelight

    December 1, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Families are invited to Rumwell Farm Shop and Cafe's Rumwell by Candlelight -sm 6free candle lit shopping experience with food tastings and festive music during December.

    The Candlelight event will take place on Thursday, December 8 from 5pm until 8pm to raise money for two charities.

    Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop, explained: “The shop and cafe will be lit by hundreds of candles during the event, which makes it such a unique, festive experience.

    “We are hosting Rumwell by Candlelight this year in aid of Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (S.U.R.E) and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. There will be collection buckets throughout the shop for people to drop their change into.”

    People who attend the event will receive a free mulled wine and mince pie on arrival. The Somerset Hills Ladies choir, Absolute Pitch and HOPE, the S.U.R.E choir will be performing Christmas carols throughout the evening.

    Anne added: “There will also be the chance to try lots of tasty food items made by our staff in our bakery and in our jam kitchen.

    “Regional suppliers such as The Lyme Bay Winery, Bramley & Gage, Grown Up Marshmallows and House of Sarunds will be on-site too, offering visitors samples of fruity wines, liqueurs, gin and tonic, marshmallows and fine chocolates. Admission and parking is free.”


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