Jenson Button backs Dorset and Somerset air ambulance week

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FORMULA 1 racing star Jenson Button has thrown his support behind a week of fundraising for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

From September 24 to 30, air ambulance charities across the country are urging people to help them raise money and awareness during National Air Ambulance Week.

Jenson, who is from Frome, Somerset, is vice-patron of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

He urged people to show their support for the charity during their annual fundraising week.

Jenson said: “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.

“National Air Ambulance Week is the ideal time to think about how you might be able to make a difference.”

He added: “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.”

To register an event or find out more about how you can get involved call 01823 669604 or email info@dsairambulance. org.uk

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4:15pm Mon 10 Sep 12

snowleopard says...

Makes you wonder if D&S Air Ambulance was Government funded it also would be under threat like SAR helicopter?

Good luck with the fund raising and lets at least keep one rescue copter in Dorset
Makes you wonder if D&S Air Ambulance was Government funded it also would be under threat like SAR helicopter? Good luck with the fund raising and lets at least keep one rescue copter in Dorset snowleopard

7:02pm Mon 10 Sep 12

saildorset says...

I can never understand why the Air Ambulance Service throughout the country has to rely on charity status. It seems the Government have got all their priorities wrong, money going to all the wrong places, don't get me going on that one.
The Paramedics who crew these flights are superb.
Here's hoping the fund raising goes well and that one day in the not to distant future Government will see sense.
Just wish it were capable of night flying.
I can never understand why the Air Ambulance Service throughout the country has to rely on charity status. It seems the Government have got all their priorities wrong, money going to all the wrong places, don't get me going on that one. The Paramedics who crew these flights are superb. Here's hoping the fund raising goes well and that one day in the not to distant future Government will see sense. Just wish it were capable of night flying. saildorset

8:30pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Laadeeda says...

I believe the air ambulance service is all down to cost. For the NHS to fund what is a very expensive service would mean something else would have to go.

It is a shame a country such as GB has to rely on public fund raising on what is undoubtably one of the most valuable life saving assets available.

As regards night flying. I will stand ready to be corrected but I am sure it is down to the pilots not having the instrument rating rather then the helicopter having the kit to allow night flights!
I believe the air ambulance service is all down to cost. For the NHS to fund what is a very expensive service would mean something else would have to go. It is a shame a country such as GB has to rely on public fund raising on what is undoubtably one of the most valuable life saving assets available. As regards night flying. I will stand ready to be corrected but I am sure it is down to the pilots not having the instrument rating rather then the helicopter having the kit to allow night flights! Laadeeda

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