Monday, September 03, 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance urges fundraisers to help out

Bill Sivewright with the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

LIFESAVERS need the support from the people of Dorset. 

The air ambulance charity, which covers the county, is urging the public to help raise funds and awareness during National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between September 24 to 30.

It comes as it is revealed the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was scrambled to almost 300 emergencies in the first half of this year.

Since its launch 12 years ago, the distinctive yellow helicopter has attended more than 8,850 incidents, saving many lives and aiding recovery with the speed at which casualties have been taken to hospital.

The charity running the aircraft receives no funding from the government or National Lottery and relies almost entirely on the generosity of the public to keep it flying.

The operational costs of the Eurocopter 135 are £1.4 million a year.

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