Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has paid tribute to one of their longest serving volunteers, Jim Burrows after he retired from his duties this month.

Jim has been a stalwart member of the Charity’s volunteering team for over 13 years and during that time has been a key figure in helping to develop and maintain links with individuals and groups in the Yeovil area.

Over the years, Jim has given countless talks to a wide variety of groups and helped to spread the word about the Charity and its work. He also took on responsibility for servicing over a hundred collection boxes, located in and around the local community; quite a physical task that also requires great attention to detail. Throughout, he has been ably supported by his wife and in a brief ceremony, Charity staff thanked Jim and his wife Wyn for all they have done to help make Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance a household name, particularly in the Yeovil area.

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “Volunteers like Jim do not come along everyday and he will certainly be missed. He has helped us to establish a firm foothold in the Yeovil community and a body of support that we are very proud of. Of course, we could not possibly say goodbye to Jim without also recognising the huge part that Wyn has played in helping Jim to fulfil his role as a volunteer. We wish them both a very happy retirement.”

With a small team of staff, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance relies on volunteers to help them in a variety of ways. These include servicing collection boxes, giving talks, attending events or representing the Charity at cheque presentations to name a few. If you would like to find out how you can support us in this way, please call: 01823 669604 or email: [email protected]