ST ANDREW’S SCHOOL RAISES OVER £22,500!

St Andrew’s Prep School has raised a staggering £22,677 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA), presenting the air crew with a giant cheque on Tuesday 30 June at the school in Pangbourne. The St Andrew’s School fundraising committee chose to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance for this year’s Charity Ball to help TVAA extend its life-saving service into the hours of darkness next year, allowing the emergency doctor-led crew to reach, treat and save more people than ever before. Paula Blacker, Chairman of the Charity Ball, said: “Thames Valley Air Ambulance ...

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Air Crew win Pride of Bucks Award!

Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s (TVAA’s) life-saving emergency medical doctors, paramedics and pilots, have been awarded for their commitment to delivering the highest level of emergency medical care to those that need it across Buckinghamshire. TVAA air crew flew into the prestigious Stoke Park on Monday 29 June to receive their Pride of Bucks Award for 999 Services Personnel 2015, an award given to a healthcare team that have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The ‘paramedic physician partnership’ of doctors and paramedics found on Thames Valley Air ...

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Last chance to win £2,500 in our Summer Raffle!

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There is still time to enter our Summer Raffle with the chance to win £2,500! Tickets are just £1 and not only will you be entered into the draw to win some top cash prizes, you will be supporting your life-saving air ambulance, which relies on the generosity of the local community to keep flying. We have some amazing prizes on offer: 1st Prize £2,500 2nd Prize £1,000 3rd Prize £500 4th Prize: 2 x £250 5th Prize: 4 x £125 It couldn't be simpler to enter - click on the 'Play Now' button to get started but be quick, Raffle entry closes on ...

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Growing Funds for TVAA!

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The Charity wishes to thank Jo Jameson from Hazeldene in Buckinghamshire who has been fundraising for TVAA through the sale of her homemade planters, made through recycled wooden pallets. As well as a gardening expert, Jo is also a keen horse rider and has been facilitating pony riding lessons for local groups with all proceeds going to her local air ambulance. Jo said: “I get a lot of enjoyment out of gardening and my passion for horses and it’s a joy to apply my interests into supporting the air ambulance. We always carry a donation pot with us!” Jo’s ...

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Jonesy’s Vintage Tractor Run

Diane Sercombe and friends raised a fantastic £1,111 for TVAA from their event ‘Jonesy’s Vintage Tractor Run’. The annual run in Preston Bissett was re-named as a tribute to Ken Richardson (Jonesy) who sadly passed away recently, but who was a lifetime enthusiast for all things Tractor, and a huge supporter of the Air Ambulance. The turnout was huge, with 40 tractors and their drivers, plus another 30 or so people on trailers taking a scenic tour around Preston Bissett, many dressed in Dad’s Army costumes too! Diane thanks the enormous support from village...

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Fundraising gets Baa-rmy!

A huge thank you goes to Marlow’s past Mayor Suzanne Brown who presented us with a big cheque for £7,875, raised for TVAA over the last year. The fundraising highlight however has to be when she took to herding her sheep over London Bridge! Susanne was named a Freeman of the City of London last year, and with help from the Worshipful Company of Woolmen and a coachload of supporters, she carried out the medieval privilege in October with other Freeman on a dedicated day when traffic was diverted from the spot!      

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TVAA supports HELP Appeal’s £1m helipad for Stoke Mandeville

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The County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal has funded £1m for the design and construction of a new helipad at Stoke Mandeville Hospital - home of the National Spinal Injuries Centre. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has submitted a planning application to Aylesbury and Vale District council and pending council and Trust Board approval, the new helipad is planned to be opened in January 2016. It will be elevated over the main visitor car park - located beside the hospital’s emergency department. New LED lighting will also illuminate the entire helipad allowing for ...

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Volunteering for TVAA – Q&A with John Downey

John Downey and his wife have volunteered for TVAA since 1998. For National Volunteers’ Week John explains his most memorable events, making great friends and encourages others to take-up this rewarding role. Why did you want to become a volunteer for TVAA? About six months after retiring in 1998 my wife spotted an article in the Maidenhead Advertiser about TVAA and saying they were seeking volunteers.  I thought that a good way to help fill time and do some good, so I applied. What does your role involve? Initially I chose to assist with office work and I ...

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Training the trauma team of the future

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More pre-hospital emergency medicine trained paramedics and doctors will be available in the South Central region following a five-day Clinical HEMS Crew Course at TVAA’s training centre at RAF Benson, developed by Dr Syed Masud, clinical team leader for TVAA and Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre Hospital Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital. 25 – 29 May 2015 saw eight paramedics (from both Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance), six emergency medical doctors and one consultant nurse from the John Radcliffe hospital ...

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Nominate us for a Pride of Reading Award!

This year Thames Valley Air Ambulance celebrates 15 Years of Saving Lives – an incredible achievement which has seen us advance from a ‘swoop and scoop’ service to bringing the expertise of the A&E to the roadside to treat people at the scene, wherever they are. We think the tireless, amazing work of the crew, coupled with the dedication of our Charity staff, volunteers and supporters is the reason we are able to continue to push forward and advance our life-saving service. This year we take delivery of a new helicopter and will progress to night-flying very ...

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