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Sir David Jason backing Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
9:50pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in Taunton
ONE of Britain's most famous and respected actors Sir David Jason is getting behind the first National Air Ambulance Week.
Sir David has come a long way from his days as an electrician; since then he has won many prestigious awards for his work, with roles greatly varying from the comical Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, to the more serious role of Jack Frost in A Touch of Frost.
Sir David became interested in flying when he was young and has a keen interest in space exploration and all things aeronautical.
Because of this keen interest Sir David became involved with the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and in March 2009 Sir David was asked, and agreed to lend his support to the work of Air Ambulance Charities by becoming patron of AAA.
Speaking of his involvement, Sir David said: “I am honoured to be fronting the very first united National Air Ambulance Week campaign across the UK.
"It is vitally important that we spread the word that Air Ambulance Charities up and down the UK are not Government funded and rely on public donations to remain operational. Everyday lives are being saved by the highly skilled Air Ambulance crews. Please give whatever you can spare to support your local Air Ambulance."
Clive Dickin, director of the AAA said: “We are delighted to have Sir David Jason as our patron.
"It really does help us to raise awareness of our members and the essential work that they carry out locally. Our members are encouraging fundraising very much at a grass roots level."
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance chief executive officer, Bill Sivewright added: “We would also like to thank Sir David for his support."
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