IN its third year running, the Air Ambulance 5K run has proved to be a success for the charity, and all those who took part.

The life-saving air ambulance charity, which operates in Dorset and Somerset, held its annual 5K twilight shift on Saturday, July 6, where the day has been described as ‘amazing’.

Supporters and businesses of the charity from across the Dorset and Somerset region came together to take part, either by running, walking or jogging the 5km route, which was held at Henstridge Airfield, where the charity calls home.

Alongside outside supporters and local businesses, off-duty crew members also took part who ran, walked and jogged in the memory of lost loved ones, as a personal challenge or as part of a team effort. 

Some participants who are more experienced in 5k challenges than others, decided to carry extra weight on their backs, to simulate what the air ambulance crew have to wear when attending a real-life incident. 

Weather wise, supporters got lucky, with only a light breeze being present at the start time of 5.30pm, which is the time the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance began their ‘twilight shift’.

Alana Hardy, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance events officer, praised the efforts of the participants and all those who supported the event, said: “What an amazing day we had for our third Twilight Shift! It’s such a special event filled with fun and laughter and there were so many wonderful stories of determination shared on the day.”

“We were delighted that 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.

Participants setting off on The 5K Twilight Shift
Participants setting off on the 5K twilight shift (Air Ambulance Dorset and Somerset)

“Our next fundraising event is our fantastic ‘Race from the Base’ ultra-cycling challenge, which takes place at Henstridge Airfield on Saturday, September 7.”

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 would like to thank all of those 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. 

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance delivers life-saving, pre-hospital critical care to patients in need. As your local air ambulance charity, we are a crucial part of the community and depend on your support. Since March 2000, we have been there for critically ill and injured individuals when they need us most.

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