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Flying success for air ambulance 5K Twilight Shift

For the third year running, life-saving charity Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, held its 5K Twilight Shift on Saturday, July 6.

Supporters of the charity took part on the day, either running, walking or jogging the 5km route around Henstridge Airfield, which is the home of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team.

There was a light breeze as the participants got underway at 5.30pm, the time where the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance began their ‘twilight shift’, to carry on their life-saving work into the night.

Off-duty crew members took part alongside DSAA supporters and businesses, who ran, jogged or walked in memory of loved ones, as a personal challenge, or as a team.

Some of the more experienced 5K challengers also carried extra weight on their back, just like the air ambulance team need to do, when they are attending an incident.

Alana Hardy, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Events Officer praised the efforts of the participants and all those who supported the event: “We were delighted so many people came to support the charity and raise funds for our life-saving service. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event or took part, we hope to see you all next year!

“Our next fundraising event is our fantastic ‘Race from the Base’ ultra-cycling challenge, which takes place at Henstridge Airfield on Saturday, September 7, 2024. The event has three distances to choose from – 30km, 60km and 100km – and all routes will start and finish at the airfield.

“We’re really excited to build upon the success of last year’s challenge and will be opening online registration via our website on Monday, July 15.”

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance thanked everyone who supported the event including Henstridge Airfield Clubhouse and Café, Albert Goodman, HK Law, 918 Coffee, Devon Freewheelers, Events Crew, Dorset Police and Life Support CPR Awareness and Training.

Photographs that were taken on the day can be viewed and downloaded by visiting:

More information about Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s Race from the Base event can be found at:

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