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Dorset's Life Saving Service Given Budget Boost

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7:39am 21st March 2014

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are flying high after the budget.

They say they're delighted with news of the relief of VAT on air ambulance aviation fuel.

Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, "We have yet to review the details of the budget implications to find out exactly what impact it will have, however we will do this over the next few days.

"Because we lease our current aircraft through Bond Air Services we do not have to concern ourselves with the repayment of VAT on fuel.  However, we are looking to the future and the possibilities of either buying or leasing a new helicopter in the next couple of years. This announcement means that no matter how we decide to proceed, we will not be impacted either way."

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has attended more than 9,800 emergencies since its launch in March 2000, saving many lives and aiding recovery with outstanding immediate care and rapid delivery to the hospital best suited to meet the patient's needs.  

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