Dorset County Football Association partners with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, where they will take on the naming rights of the Dorset Senior Trophy for the 2021/22 Season.
We are hoping that through this partnership we can actively support and promote the fantastic work Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance do in our local communities.
Dorset FA’s Marketing Lead Jemma Tewkesbury has this to say: “It’s fantastic to be able to partner with a local charity and not only promote the amazing work they do in the local area, but hopefully help raise the vital funds they need to continue to offer critical care to those in need. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the Dorset FA Board.”
Our Independent Non-Executive Director, Nigel Saxon said: “Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance provides a vital service to our community and we are very pleased to be able to help create awareness of the tireless work they do through this cup competition.”
Emma Jones, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager was delighted to receive the news and said: “We are absolutely delighted that Dorset FA have chosen us as their charity this year. With no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery, we rely on the generosity of the public to help us raise our operational costs of over £5million a year. Partnerships, like this, really do make a difference and we are extremely excited to start our journey together.”
The 3rd round of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Senior Trophy will take place on Saturday 4th December, with the final scheduled to take place on Thursday 12th May 2022.
ABOUT DORSET AND SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is 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, with an air and road-delivered critical care capability. We receive no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely on the generosity of the public for support. Our operational costs are over £5 million a year and the approximate cost per mission is £3,000.
Providing Critical Care
Our cohort of clinicians includes a mixture of senior emergency physicians, intensive care consultants and anaesthetists, critical care nurses and specialist practitioners in critical care.
We provide a critical care team, consisting of at least a doctor and specialist practitioner for each mission. The doctors are predominantly drawn from NHS Hospital Trusts across the region and the practitioners from the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). More recently, some clinicians have joined us from further afield, broadening the skills and experience of the team.
Supporting Patients and their Families
Our patient and family liaison nurses provide support to patients who have been treated by our team and can answer questions they might have about their pre-hospital care. They also provide links with patient support services and other charities aligned with the patient’s condition, whilst encouraging peer support links with other similarly injured patients.
Our pilots are provided by Specialist Aviation Services Ltd, who operate our aircraft. They are carefully selected because air ambulance flights are typically more challenging than regular non-emergency flight services. They will have a great deal of experience in low-level operations and instrument flying.
We operate 19 hours a day (7.00am - 2.00am) using two vital resources; our AW169 helicopter and critical care car and provide an enhanced care service using our outreach car from 10.00am - 10.00pm.
More information about Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, can be found by visiting our website: www.dsairambulance.org.uk