Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Celebrates Successful 5K Twilight Shift Event at Henstridge Airfield


For the third consecutive year, the life-saving charity Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance held its 5K Twilight Shift on Saturday, 6th July, and what an amazing day it was. Supporters of the charity participated by running, walking, or jogging the 5km route around Henstridge Airfield, the home of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team.

There was a light breeze as the participants began at 5.30pm, coinciding with the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance starting their ‘twilight shift’ to continue their life-saving work into the night.

Off-duty crew members joined 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 backs, mirroring what the air ambulance team needs to do when attending an incident.

Alana Hardy, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Events Officer, praised the efforts of the participants and everyone who supported the event:

“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!

“Our next fundraising event is our fantastic ‘Race from the Base’ ultra-cycling challenge, which takes place at Henstridge Airfield on Saturday, 7th September 2024. The event offers 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, 15th July.”

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance would like to thank 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 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 by visiting their website


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