Chosen Charity for 2017

Our chosen charity for 2017 is the The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is YOUR service – provided for people in YOUR area – with YOUR support.

They are a registered charity, established to provide relief from sickness and injury for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of an air ambulance. The charity receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support.

Since their launch in March 2000 they have flown over 11,000 missions. They are tasked by the Ambulance Service through the normal ‘999’ emergency process and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer months.

They operate a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from their airbase at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border. From there, they can be at any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes of receiving an emergency call. More importantly, the helicopter can then take a patient to any one of the Major Trauma Centres in the south west within a further 20 minutes.

Their operational costs are over £2 million a year. The cost per mission is approximately £2,500. The money that is raised from this year’s Buckham Fair will help the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance to be there during those critical minutes, when they are needed most.

You can keep up to date about Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance services and other ways to support them: