Volunteers from across the Thames Valley have tallied up over 2,400 ‘Golden Hours’ of volunteering for Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) over the last 12 months – the highest number in the Charity’s history.

The figure coincides with a record fundraising year in 2015 and as part of National Volunteers’ Week, which runs between 1st-12th June, the Charity wants to thank its committed volunteers for helping ensure TVAA continues to advance its life-saving service and remains available 365 days a year to anyone that needs it.

Ruth Dunkin, Senior Fundraising Manager at TVAA says: “Our group of dedicated volunteers are truly at the heart of our Charity, and we are incredibly grateful for the amount of time they have collectively given to raise awareness and fundraise for our vital cause.”

As part of the celebrations, TVAA has launched its Give a Golden Hour campaign and is asking members of the local community to pledge a ‘Golden Hour’ of their time to help support the Charity.

Explaining the idea behind the campaign, Ruth continues: “The Golden Hour is the critical time period following serious trauma in which emergency medical treatment is needed most. In order for our life-saving teams of paramedics and doctors to continue to advance their life-saving work, we are asking members of the local community to give a Golden Hour of their time and volunteer for us."

Robert Courts volunteers in Oxfordshire and says: “I volunteer because I want in my small way to help those who help others.”
“There are lots of opportunities available in your local area, including supporting or setting up your own fundraising event, giving talks on behalf of the Charity and collecting cheques – it is not just our air crews that save lives, please pledge some time for us this year and help keep our vital air ambulance flying.”

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, call 0300 999 0135, email info@tvairambulance.org.uk or visit the volunteering section of the website.