A LIFE-SAVING Somerset charity is trying to track down as many people as possible from nearly 7,000 families whom it has helped over the past ten years.

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance would like them to help celebrate the charity’s tenth birthday next year.

The air ambulance was launched in March 2000 and has since flown to nearly 7,000 emergencies across the two counties, many of them lifesaving missions.

It is planning to celebrate its anniversary by holding an event at its Henstridge airbase on June 12, 2010.

The air ambulance does not hold any records of the people to whose aid the helicopter has flown.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance charity manager Charlotte Routley said: “It may seem a bit bizarre to some people, but unless patients get in touch afterwards and tell us who they are, we do not have any record of them.

“A lot of people do keep in touch and many of them help to raise funds for us or volunteer their time because although we provide a vital lifesaving emergency service to the community, the Government does not give us any grants at all.

“There are literally thousands of people whom we never see or hear from again, and we are hoping the publicity about our tenth birthday will encourage them to contact us.

“Our celebration on June 12, 2010, will be made extra special if we can share it with some of those who have experienced our service first hand.”

People can email us at info@dorsetandsomersetairambulance.org.uk or call 01823-669604.

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance needs to raise more than £3,800 a day to keep the helicopter flying and so far this year it has been to more than 700 emergencies across the two counties.

More information about the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance can be found by visiting www.dorsetandsomersetairambulance.org.uk or by emailing info@dorsetandsomersetairambulance.org.uk or calling 01823-669604.