Gundogs will help save lives in Midhurst

Members of the South Down Gundog display team which is supporting the Sussex  Air Ambulance.''Contributed
Members of the South Down Gundog display team which is supporting the Sussex Air Ambulance.''Contributed
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CLARE HAWKIN

The South Downs Gundog Display team will be putting on some lifesaving displays this year.

The team, which performs formation displays at game fairs and village fetes for charity, will this year be raising cash for the Sussex Air Ambulance.

Displays include a range of moves relating to the dogs’ shooting background, from basic obedience to more adventurous moves such as directional commands and retrieves.

The Sussex Air Ambulance is based at Dunsfold and responds to 999 calls in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Their highly skilled team of doctors and paramedics can arrive at the scene of most emergencies anywhere in Sussex within 15 minutes.

It needs around £5 million each year to stay airbourne.

A spokesperson for the display team said: “All the dogs are trained gundogs who work on shoots throughout the South Downs area during the winter months.

“Doing our display in the summer is a way of training the dogs and keeping them fit, as well as raising money for charity.

“We have chosen to support the Sussex Air Ambulance as we often work in remote, inaccessible areas whilst shooting and never know when one of us might need them.”

See www.southdownsgundogdisplayteam.org.uk for more information about the South Downs Gundog Display Team and see www.kssairambulance.org.uk for details about the air ambulance.