Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is calling on the general public and those who work or volunteer within the sector to submit nominations for this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.
After winning last year’s Special Incident Award, the charity is hoping that the doctors, paramedics, staff, trustees and volunteers will receive even more nominations this year and become finalists in one or more of the nine categories:
- Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year
- Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year
- Air Ambulance Pilot of the Year
- Air Ambulance Campaign of the Year
- Charity Staff Member of the Year
- Charity Volunteer of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Outstanding Young Person Award
- Special Incident Award
Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said, “People might think it would be easy to single out individuals and teams when putting forward nominations for awards such as this. In fact, it’s really quite difficult. Because the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence are judged and awarded by our peers and those who know the sector so well, it makes them extremely special.
“This year, in addition to submitting nominations ourselves, we hope patients who have needed the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, the public who have attended our events, those who have experienced our volunteers at work and members of our staff and crew will submit nominations themselves.
“It is not until a patient makes contact with the charity after needing our help that we get to hear the full details of their incident and indeed find out how their recovery is going. These awards give those people an opportunity to do this and give recognition to the crew members who came to their assistance that day.”
Anyone can nominate an individual or team via the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) website: www.aoaa.org.uk/aaae/
If you need help to complete your nomination email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01823 669604.
The finalists in each category will be invited to attend the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence gala dinner in London on 17 November where the winners will be announced.
The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2014.