Nik May On October 6th 2018 I will be taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival by running in the Supersonic 10K. Many of you will know that I have been training for this event for the last few months and in terms of setting a personal goal, I want to complete the 10K (6.2 miles) in sub 50-minutes.

I have considered various charities that I could raise funds for by completing this event, and I could not think of a more deserving charity than the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Those of you who are local to the Portland and Weymouth area will be aware that DSAA has attended several serious and tragic incidents quite recently, and the importance of their role has been evident for all to see. You may be surprised to learn that despite the crucial service DSAA provides, DSAA does not receive Government funding and do rely solely on donations from you to be able to continue providing clinical care in the most urgent situations.

DSAA are able to attend any given location in the Dorset and Somerset counties within 20-minutes, and from there, are able to take a patient to the nearest Major Trauma Centre in the South West within a further 20 minutes. Between 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017, DSAA flew a total of 886 missions, which was a 31% increase on demand from the previous year. I am sure you will join me in finding these statistics quite staggering.

On a personal note, I think that being able to partcipate in events such as the Bournemouth Marathon Festival is a brilliant opportunity for me to test myself against what I want to achieve on an individual level, but it is undoubtedly an even greater opportunity for me to raise funds for a charity which is critical in providing care to those who are in desperate need of this service.

Please support me in running the Supersonic 10K, and more importantly, please join me in showing support for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by donating to this fantastic charity, and help to contribute towards saving the lives of people within Dorset and Somerset.

Nik May