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07 February 2012

UK air ambulance charity announces name of cartoon mascot

Following its recent competition for kids, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has announced that its new cartoon mascot will be named Dasher.

The competition, which ran in the latter part of 2011 in the charity’s magazine ‘Beeline’, was a huge success, with many children from the local area entering names.

It was won by Katie Dymott, a 10-year-old who lives in Poole, who came up with the name.

Now the character has been successfully christened, children are also being invited to write exciting missions for Dasher to go on, replicating the emergencies attended by the medical team. Successful entries are likely to be published in the magazine and on the website.

Young Katie is no doubt delighted that her entry has been selected as the winner and as part of her prize, she will be invited to attend the base and see the real life operation behind the creation of Dasher.

Announcing that the charity were delighted with the success of the competition, CEO Bill Sivewright said:

“We had so many names suggested, our selection panel had a tough time picking the winner, but … we are very grateful to Katie and will be inviting her to … see the real air ambulance and meet the crew.”

The cheeky yellow chopper was designed and created by a friend of the charity, and local paramedic, Dave Hindson. It will be used to raise the profile of the charity, where it is hoped it will help with the fundraising efforts upon which the charity relies.