Former patient surprises air crew with £9K…and a new TV!

Former patient Richard Hoare came up to the base last week with his friends John Leach, Mark Wilde, Ian Russell and Keith Wilson to present the air crew with a giant cheque for £9,000, the accumulation of fundraising from several endurance events over the last year. In a surprise turn of events, the Camberley Rugby Crew also presented the air crew with a new TV for the base for when they have much needed downtime between shifts. Richard received life-saving assistance from Thames Valley Air Ambulance after the motorbike he was riding was hit by a Nissan 4×4 in ...

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The Kaffirs of Cookham Dean raise £83k!

We are absolutely astounded by the £83k raised for us by The Kaffirs of Cookham Dean over the last nine years thanks to the huge success of their popular Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix! This year marks 10 years of the much loved annual event, and what a fantastic way to celebrate such a milestone than have them down to the base to present a massive cheque to our air crew. The committee met Dr Oli and paramedic Rich who showed them round the new accommodation at the base, training centre and helicopter. Tim Dalziel, a volunteer at TVAA has worked with the ...

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Win tickets to Abingdon Air Show

We are really excited to be a part of Abingdon Air and Country Show again this year, which takes place on Sunday 1st May from 10am – 5.30pm at Abingdon Airfield in Oxfordshire. The show has supported us for many years and the lovely organisers have given us a pair of adult tickets for the show to be won! To enter, simply find us on Facebook and follow the instructions on our Abingdon competition post. The draw will take place on Friday 22nd April and the winner will be notified via Facebook.  Good luck, and thank you for your continued support! For more ...

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14th annual Open Gardens programme launches

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) launches its 14th Open Gardens Programme on Sunday 24th April, with over 70 gardens across Berks, Oxon and Bucks opening for the Charity across the summer. The Open Gardens scheme remains an important fundraising campaign within the Charity’s calendar with over £55,000 raised in 2015. TVAA will be revisiting a number of popular gardens opening once again, including Lord Carrington’s Estate in Bledlow, Buckinghamshire on Wednesday 15th June, Adwell House in Thame, Oxfordshire on Sunday 3rd July and the Georgian garden of Farley ...

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April fundraiser of the month!

Our April fundraiser of the month is Natasha Richmond! Natasha ran the Reading Half Marathon in early April and is now gearing up for the London Marathon, all in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance! Her fundraising total has surpassed £2,800 so far! Natasha decided to support TVAA after her husband Jonathan was treated and airlifted by our crew following a serious motorbike accident near Buckingham last July. She says: “In the weeks following the accident, I decided that I would challenge myself to run a half marathon to raise money for the TVAA to try and ...

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Reading Half runners race to £8K!

This year’s Reading Half Marathon was a roaring success as we had 20 runners in total raising nearly 8k in total for Thames Valley Air Ambulance! Thirteen stewards also helped us out along Shinfield Road making the experience more memorable than ever. We also had a prominent space at The race village with three Kilimanjaro Participants also collecting roughly £400 on the day to help them towards their totals. There are still lots of places up for grabs on upcoming challenge events, including the Oxford Half Marathon – get in touch with Kate Martin for ...

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TVAA starts night flying!

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have officially started night-time Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations across the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) region and the Isle of Wight. TVAA’s Airbus H135 helicopter is flown by highly-trained and experienced Bond pilots operating with the latest-generation of night-vision goggles. The aircraft is fully equipped and optimised for night operations, meaning the Charity’s specialist doctor and paramedic HEMS crews can bring their life-saving ...

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World record attempt Atlantic row for TVAA!

A Berkshire man is taking on one of the world’s toughest challenges for his local air ambulance. Richard Wattam, from Mortimer is part of a team of eight experienced rowers from around the world who will attempt to break the speed record of 32 days when they row the Atlantic Ocean in late January. The 2989mile row starts from Puerto de Mogan in Gran Caneria and finishes in Port St Charles in Barbados. Headed by one of the world’s most experienced Skippers, Simon Chalk of the Toby Wallis, Oceanus Rowing, the eight man crew will row a four rowing, four resting ...

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TVAA pioneers night simulation training course

night HEMS training
Specialist night operations training for pre-hospital emergency medical doctors and critical care paramedics in the South Central Region took place at Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s state-of-the art training and simulation centre in December 2015. Developed by Dr Syed Masud (Clinical Governance Lead for TVAA and Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre Hospital Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital) and Kevin Letchford (Lead Paramedic for Training and Simulation for TVAA), the course prepares medical teams for night-time Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to ...

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Former patient takes on altitude training ahead of Kili climb

Former patient Richard Hoare received life-saving assistance from Thames Valley Air Ambulance after the motorbike he was riding was hit by a Nissan 4x4 in Burfield, Berkshire in July 2013. The father of two was thrown from his bike and knocked unconscious, with serious multiple fractures to his pelvis, open fractures to his arms, a broken shoulder and tears to his spleen. Fortunately for Richard, the motorist following him was an osteopath who gave him life-saving roadside resuscitation. After being airlifted, Richard spent five weeks in John Radcliffe Hospital, ...

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