fbpx accountarrow-down-linearrow-downarrow-left arrow-right arrow-up closedownload emailFacebookgrid-view instagramlinkedin list-view location notch-bottomnotch-topphonepinterestplay scroll-altscrollsearchtwitterwhatsappyoutube

Fundraising

DOCTOR JOHN AND ADVENTURER, PHOEBE, TAKE ON EXTREME 300-MILE KAYAK CHALLENGE.

On Sunday 29 September our very own doctor, John Pike, alongside world adventurer, Phoebe Smith, set off on the toughest fundraising expedition of their lives, a 300-mile night-time kayaking challenge. They hope to raise £10,000, which could fund three life-saving missions for our helicopter.

On Sunday 29 September our very own doctor, John Pike, alongside world adventurer, Phoebe Smith, set off on the toughest fundraising expedition of their lives, a 300-mile night-time kayaking challenge. They hope to raise £10,000, which could fund three life-saving missions for our helicopter.

The challenge, taking place over ten days, sees the daring duo navigate some of Britain’s most iconic waterways – including the River Thames and the Grand Union Canal – around the three counties that we operate; Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Dr. John said: “This will be the toughest challenge I’ve ever done, both physically and mentally, but fundraising is vital to keep our emergency service operational”

To make the ambitious adventure even more demanding, John and Phoebe are sleeping wild, using only what they can carry in their specially made kayak – which has the same design as our helicopter.  Doctor John Pike, who is also a rainforest canopy expert, is no stranger to adventure, but admits that this is his most extreme challenge yet.

Having begun their challenge from Benson Waterfront at 5pm, John and Phoebe are undertaking their appropriately named adventure – NightVision – in darkness to raise awareness of our night-flying service which launched in partnership with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2018.

Responding to emergencies during the hours of darkness can be an immensely challenging task for our helicopter crews and Critical Care Response vehicles; from locating patients from 1,000ft in the air to treating the most critically ill patients using the limited visibility provided by a head-torch. 

Doctor John said “Being a doctor at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, I see the difference we can make to a patient and our community; from keeping a critically injured patient free from pain, to open-chest surgery at scene. Delivering such advanced medical care at night can require extra consideration due to reduced visibility, extreme weather and navigational challenges. We’re so thankful to all of those that may choose to support us.”

Patients At Heart

We first took to the skies 21 years ago. Now, over two decades and 24,000 call-outs later, we dedicate this special anniversary to our patients and their families – each of whom are at the heart of our story as a charity.

We are incredibly proud to have served you, our wonderful community, for the last two decades. In turn, we can’t begin to express our gratitude for your support and generous donations which have made our service possible. Simply put, none of this would be possible without you.

Find out more about our 21st anniversary; from reading the inspirational stories of our patients, to viewing our launch event film with our Royal Patron The Countess of Wessex. There’s also lots of ways you, your family and friends can get involved in the celebrations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *