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21st Anniversary

21 years of
putting patients at heart

We are dedicating our 21st Anniversary to our patients and their families, reflecting on the true value of our work and honouring the impact our inspiring crew members have made to lives across the community.

Over the last 21 years, Thames Valley Air Ambulance has seen remarkable progress. We have been called out to over 24,000 patients, and every single patient we have helped is at the heart of our story as a charity.


Number of call-outs we’ve been dispatched to over the last 21 years.


Number of helicopters we have used throughout our 21 year history.


Number of times we were called out last year to help people in need of urgent critical care.


The number of Pre-Hospital Emergency Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics who make up our service.

Countess of Wessex launches 21st Anniversary event

We were delighted to mark the start of our 21st Anniversary celebrations with a visit from our Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, who met with former patients and crew at a special event at White Waltham Airfield.

White Waltham Airfield was the location of our first operating base back in 1999. It was from here we were dispatched to the side of The Countess of Wessex, who experienced our vital critical care service first-hand as a patient in 2001.

As well as meeting former patients Charlotte, Spencer and Ross; Her Royal Highness was given a guided tour of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance helicopter including being shown some of the advanced medical equipment on board and stepping into the pilot’s seat.


We’re honoured to have served you, our wonderful community, for over two decades. Help us celebrate 21 years of patient care by exploring our range of activities below.


It’s been 21 years since our first helicopter took to the skies to help patients in need. You can help make our anniversary special by launching a 21-themed fundraising challenge of your own.

HELP raise some dough

We are running a ‘Bake Off For Take Off’ photo competition for our birthday this year and with 7 exciting classes to enter we would love bakers of all ages to take part!

Donate your birthday

Have you also got a birthday coming up? Why not make your special day even more meaningful this year by setting up a fundraising page for Thames Valley Air Ambulance?

Submit your patient video

We’re inviting our former patients and their families to submit a short video so that we can share as part of our ‘Patients at Heart’ 21st Anniversary campaign.

Share your memories

Do you have any old pictures, newspaper clippings or other mementos from our history that you would like to share? We would love for you to be in touch.


Take a look back in time and explore the most significant moments of our 21 year history.