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Wyke Dorset Cottages Raises Money for Dorset’s Air Ambulance


HOLIDAYMAKERS to Dorset will get the chance to donate money to the county’s Air Ambulance thanks to a new initiative set up by Wyke Dorset Cottages.

The family-owned company, which has an office in Swanage, has chosen Dorset Air Ambulance as its nominated charity and is asking all its holidaymakers to donate just £2 when they book their next break.

Manager of Wyke Dorset Cottages, Adrian Culley said: “We are in complete awe of the amazing work carried out by the charity and are mindful of the amount of money it needs to keep the service going.

“Since its launch in March 2000, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance has flown nearly 12,000 lifesaving missions – and during the busier, summer months can attend a jaw-dropping eight or nine incidents a day! Their amazing response time means they can be at any place in the two counties in less than 20 minutes of receiving an emergency call – and more importantly can take a patient to any one of the Major Trauma Centres in the South West within a further 20 minutes. These extra minutes can make the difference between life and death.

With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, they rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support. We’ve set what we think is a fairly modest target of £2,000 in the first year and we hope, with your support, to raise even more to help keep Dorset’s Air Ambulance flying.” Adrian said.

Tracy Bartram, Communications Manager at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance said: “We are absolutely delighted that Wyke Dorset Cottages will be supporting the charity this year. It is with thanks to initiatives like this that we are able to continue our life-saving work. Over the past year we have continued to strive for clinical excellence with patient benefit being our number one priority at all times. Our operational costs are over £2 million a year, however this is likely to rise over the coming year due to the fact that our clinical team has almost doubled in size due to an increase in our operating hours, our new AW169 helicopter is due to enter service very soon and we have invested in a great deal of new clinical equipment and training activities. We are really looking forward to working with Wyke Dorset Cottages and thank everyone for their generous support.”

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