Air ambulance boost from 2024 Blackmore Vale Half Marathon and Fun Run

RUNNERS in the 2024 Blackmore Vale Half Marathon and Fun Run will be raising money for a cause operating above their heads.

The Blackmore Vale Lions Club (BVLC), which organises the event, has nominated Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) as the main charity benefactor from the run, set to take place on February 4.

The event, which gets underway at Bishop’s Caundle recreation ground at 11am, is a major fundraising activity for BVLC.

As well as benefiting the air ambulance, money raised will also fund other charitable giving and donations, including everything from major international disaster relief to small bequests from county causes.

Peter Oswick, president of BVLC, said: “We are keen to support local charities and obviously DSAA is one of them.

“In addition, many of our members can see Henstridge Airfield from their homes and watch Peggy, their helicopter, disappearing off to render help and assistance to the seriously ill and hurt throughout the two counties.

“All of us in the Blackmore Vale and wider in Dorset and Somerset frequently see her flying.

“Coupled with the DSAA land assets we as individuals and a community benefit hugely from and are enormously grateful to DSAA for the efforts the team make on our behalf.

“Blackmore Vale Lions are delighted to help out and contribute.”

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Becky Heath, supporter engagement officer for Dorset and the DSAA, said: “We want to thank everyone at Blackmore Vale Lions Club for selecting us as their chosen charity for the 2024 Blackmore Vale Half Marathon and Fun Run.

“Each life-saving mission that our crew are tasked to costs approximately £3,500 and the charity relies on the generosity of the public to keep operational.

“We would not be able to help so many people in our community without the amazing support that we receive from events such as this.

“Thank you from us all at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, we really appreciate your support.”

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I am the editor in chief of Blackmore Vale media, which includes the New Blackmore Vale, New Stour & Avon, Salisbury & Avon Gazette and the Purbeck Gazette, having been a reporter for some 20 years. In my spare time, I am a festival lover, with a particular focus on Glastonbury. I live in Somerset with my wife and two children.