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Formula One star backs Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
IT’S lift off as Dorset lifesavers ask people to support them this month.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) is urging the public to help them raise funds and awareness during National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between September 23 and 29.
It is being backed by Formula 1 star Jenson Button, vice patron of DSAA.
He said: “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 firsthand its importance to the local community.
“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 matches this criteria.
“So many people have witnessed their lifesaving 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 £1.7million 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.”
The week is organised by the Association of Air Ambulances which unites air ambulance charities across the country together with ambulance services and operators.
The air ambulance has attended more than 9,500 emergencies since its launch. DSSA chief executive officer Bill Sivewright said: “We are thrilled to have the backing of so many celebrities and the national media in endorsing NAAW 2013.
“If organising an event is not your thing, why not donate by text? Simply text ‘DSAA02 £10’ to 70070.”
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