The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance came into service in March 2000 and has attended to over6,000 incidents. The aircraft responds mostly to emergency calls such as road traffic collisions and sporting incidents. On average it receives 3 to 4 calls per day, but during busy periods and summer months, it can be up to 8.
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, needs £3,800 a day to keep its helicopter and highly trained crew in the air. As a charity, the service relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help it continue its life-saving work. Airborne within three minutes of a 999 call, the Air Ambulance can reach most of its operational area within nineteen minutes. It needs an area only half the size of a tennis court to be able to land. It can then transport patients to the appropriate hospital for their injuries - being able to do this will make the difference between life and death for many patients.
You can help this vital service by recycling your unwanted clothes, shoes and household textiles. Next time you clear out remember the banks at The Bakers Arm, St Dunstan Church and Upton Working Mens Club, we urgently need your donations.
For more information on your nearest textile bank and how to help the Air Ambulance visit http://www.bagitup.org.uk/
For more information about the air ambulance, see www.dsairambulance.org.uk
or ring 01823 669604