Stellar cast for Dorset and Somerset Air Amulanance video
AN all-star cast have stepped up to front Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s new fundraising campaign.
The Association of Air Ambulances has produced a video montage featuring 17 celebrities and sports personalities who have pledged their support. Zara Phillips gave the air ambulance the royal seal of approval the video also includes footage from Ray Winstone, Mo Farah and Jennie Bond to name a few. It can be seen online at: www.aoaa.org.uk/naaw.
This week is National Air Ambulance Week (September 23-29) and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is urging people to help them raise funds and awareness.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance vice-patron Jenson Button sent a personal message: “Being a vice-patron of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance since its formation in March 2000 has been an honour. I was born in Frome, Somerset, a rural part of the county which is covered by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and I regularly saw first-hand its importance to the local community.
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“Coming from the fast and dangerous sport of Formula 1 Motor Racing, I understand the importance of having a highly skilled and dedicated team behind you and the crew of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance certainly match this criteria.
“So many people have witnessed their life-saving work first hand and they deserve our utmost respect and admiration. Their work however, is dependent on the thousands of people who give so generously as they, like many other air ambulance charities receive no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery.
“Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance needs to raise an incredible £1.7 million a year. That equates to over £2,500 per mission flown but they cannot do this without your help.
“National Air Ambulance Week gives you the opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the work of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance... It is the ideal time to think about how you might be able to make difference. You could organise a fundraising event, dress in yellow at your workplace or school, join up to the charity’s Flight for Life Lottery or become a volunteer.
“Whatever you do and whenever you do it, I am sure it will make you feel as proud as I am, to be associated with such a worthwhile cause.”
The charity is appealing to mobile phone users to donate by text (100 per cent of the donation will go to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance). To donate text: DSAA02 £10 to 70070.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has attended more than 9,500 emergencies since its launch in March 2000, saving many lives and aiding recovery with outstanding immediate care and rapid delivery to the hospital best suited to meet the patient’s needs.