The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials has announced The Air Ambulance for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland as the official charity for this year's three day event taking place 15-17 May 2015.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) - which provides a vital life-saving rapid response helicopter service - relies entirely on donations to keep the service flying. At a cost of £1,700 for each mission, it is hoped the partnership with the Horse Trials will help support the ongoing fundraising and raise awareness of the important work carried out every day.

Just last year, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) attended 22 equestrian-related missions in Derbyshire alone. In many cases, the crew is the first on the scene providing vital medical care before either flying the patient to hospital or transferring to a location where they can be reached by land ambulance.

DLRAA flew a total of 1032 missions in 2014 which included 442 road traffic collisions, 186 medical emergencies and 195 sports related injuries, 90 of which were equestrian-related.

Sophie Burt, National Partnerships Manager for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), said: “It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to be involved in such a prestigious event and we would like to thank the Duke and Duchess and all the team for choosing DLRAA to be the Horse Trials Charity for 2015. DLRAA are a charity that receives no government funding, so we rely entirely on donations and fundraising opportunities like this to keep our vital service flying. It costs around £1,700 for each mission, and we fly an average of three a day.”

Based at East Midlands Airport, the service covers a total area 2,100 square miles, with a population of 1.4 million people.

Horse Trials organiser Patricia Clifton said: "We're delighted to announce the Air Ambulance as the official charity. They provide an absolutely essential, and in many cases, life saving service, particularly in rural counties such as Derbyshire where access can be difficult. We're confident our visitors will want to offer their support to help them continue flying missions."

The charity will have a stand at the event and will be out and about talking to visitors about their work and accepting donations over the three days.

This year, the charity has also launched a Mother’s Day Appeal, aiming to raise a grand total of £30,000. They want to make sure that more mothers have the opportunity to celebrate with their children thanks to the assistance they have been able to provide. [see notes to editors]

As well as thrilling cross country action featuring the world's leading riders, the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials has fun for all the family with entertainment including the British Scurry and Driving Trials; Pony Club Mounted Games and Falconry displays. Dog lovers will be in for a treat with the gun dog displays; have a go dog agility; dog show and Hound parade.

The event has lots for children to enjoy from meeting the Chatsworth Farmyard animals to Punch and Judy shows; face painting; Mini Land Rovers; bouncy castle and giant slide.

Tickets for the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials start at £10 for adults and £4.50 for children aged five and over. For more information on the Dodson & Horrell International Chatsworth Horse Trials, visit


DLRAA Notes to Editors:

Mother's Day Campaign: The DLRAA wants to make sure that more mothers have the opportunity to celebrate with their children – mothers like Torie Orritt, whose daughter, Annabelle, was involved in a terrifying accident last year. On Friday 23rd May 2014, Annabelle was walking home from school when a 40 foot tree suddenly came crashing down and hit her. It broke her back and fractured her skull, leading to a bleed on the brain.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance arrived swiftly on-scene and provided advanced pain relief, fitted a neck collar and placed her on a scoop stretcher before being transferred into a land ambulance for further assessment, as the weather was very poor. She was then flown to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire due to the nature of her injuries. Today, however, she’s much better – her back brace came off in December, and so far she has raised £3,897 in donations, which is enough to fly two rescue missions.

Chatsworth Notes to editors:

The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981.

The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. 

The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. 

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

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