Monday February 26, 2018
SOMERSET SPEEDWAY has named DORSET AND SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE as their new charity partner.

With their airbase situated at Henstridge Airfield on the Somerset/Dorset border the charity has flown in excess of 12000 missions since its initial launch in 2000, 886 of which were in the last 'annual' period of 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017.

Speaking of the Rebels tie-up with the charity, promoter Debbie Hancock stated "we share the same year of inception with DSAA and I have always been impressed with the valued operation they provide within the Emergency Service. There have been occasions where our sport has required such a service and so I am delighted to be able to offer them the support of the Rebels. During the season we will be pleased to hold collections to help with their funding and I am sure that our loyal band of supporters will do what they can to support the charity "

Operating a 19 hours a day service DSAA has key resources in their Critical Care Car and the AugustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter - the current aircraft having been commissioned in June 2017. The Aw169 night flying capabilities means that full night HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions can be operated with the ability to fly directly to the patient without the need of any fixed or pre-established lighting, which is a significant advantage.

Lara Battersby, DSAA Communications Assistant commented on the partnership by saying: “We are delighted to have been selected as Somerset Speedway’s Charity Partner for 2018. The Charity’s operational costs are over £2.5 million per year and the approximate cost per mission is £3,000. We receive no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery so we are grateful that Somerset Speedway and the Rebels will be supporting us throughout the year.

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