As part of National Air Ambulance Week the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was hoping to fly in to Kingston Maurward College but due to a last minute call out, Dasher the mascot stepped in to the breach – much to the delight of the students and Principal Clare Davison!
On call for twelve hours a day, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance takes part in hundreds of emergencies each year – a total of nearly 10,000 missions since its launch in 2000.
The EC135 helicopter is based at Henstridge Airfield on the Dorset / Somerset border. From there it can be at any point in the two counties within 19 minutes of receiving an emergency call, and can then take a patient to any one of the major trauma centres in the south west within a further 20 minutes.
Kingston Maurward students raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in various fundraising events throughout every year, including more than £2,200 this year in the annual Muckathon organised by Level 3 Agriculture students.