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Jenson Button supports Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Date: 05-Jun-2010

Jenson, who is a patron of the charity, presented the air ambulance with a baseball cap from his championship-winning season, a calendar, and a scale model of his Brawn GP racing car, all signed by him.

In addition, he signed DSAA memorabilia when he met some of the air ambulance staff as he received the freedom of his home town, Frome.

 The items will be auctioned to raise funds for the DSAA, which needs to raise £1.4 million a year to keep its helicopter flying.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance marketing and communications co-ordinator Tracy Bartram said:

"Jenson has been one of our patrons since the charity started 10 years ago.  We have followed his racing career progress ever since, and it is brilliant that he has given us these items to auction now that he is world champion.  Jenson has many fans in the UK and has tremendous support from the people of Somerset in particular, so I am sure there will be a lot of interest when we auction the things he has autographed. The cost of keeping our air ambulance flying works out at around £3,800 a day and we have to raise all of that money ourselves because we do not receive any Government or Lottery funding."

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and has attended more than 7,000 missions since its launch in March 2000, many of them life-saving.

IAS Medical Air Ambulance Service recognizes the tremendous work done by other charities and wishes Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Service all the very best with their auction.

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