A life-saving charity has praised the work of its volunteers and is urgently appealing for more people to help.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has paid tribute to its team of volunteers in Bridport and is looking for others to join them.

The charity has more than 120 volunteers who perform a wide variety of tasks, including supporting events, assisting with collection boxes, attending cheque presentations and giving talks.

Last year, their voluntary efforts equated to five and a half full time staff that the charity would otherwise have to employ.

Carrie Cardale, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance fundraising manager, said: “Our volunteers selflessly donate the ‘gift of time’, but they give us so much more. They are our eyes and ears within the community and their day-to-day interaction with the public significantly helps to raise awareness of our life-saving work.

“We appreciate every hour and every day that they donate, helping us to raise the £4 million a year we need to stay operational. Their support ensures that we are there for the patients who need us.

“Volunteering gives people the opportunity to make friends and learn new skills. It can also help people stay active and there is a real element of personal satisfaction in doing something so worthwhile.

“We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like further information or who would like to join us, especially within the Dorchester, Bridport and surrounding areas, where we urgently need additional help.”

For more information, visit dsairambulance.org.uk/volunteer