For some, a Bank Holiday means a lie-in, day off and kicking back in front of the telly.

But for hundreds of students across our region, their long weekend will be spent raising vital funds to help us bring the expertise, equipment and medication of the hospital to the roadside.

Students from Kendrick & Reading Schools, and Abingdon & Witney College have had Thames Valley Air Ambulance close to their hearts in recent years.

In 2011, our crew saved the life of Toby, a Reading school pupil, who was hit by a car whilst cycling on Oxford Road. The next year, his sister Alicia organised the incredibly successful Kendrick and Reading Schools' Air Ambulance Charity Concert, which has thrived ever since. The annual concerts have raised nearly £4,000 and the students hope to raise much more during Friday’s performances. The concert will showcase musical talent from both schools, including a joint choir and orchestra, a jazz band and soloists.

Also, this weekend, over 100 students at Abingdon & Witney College are walking 2.5 million steps during a 13 mile sponsored walk. They were inspired to raise money for us after one of their lecturers was involved in a terrible road incident while cycling to work. Fortunately, our crew’s swift response saved his life and he is now making a slow recovery.

Our Head of Community & Events, Ruth, will be out and about this weekend to personally thank as many supporters as she can. “Supporters like these students play a vital role in our team,” said Ruth. “Because of people like them, our crew can deliver advanced medical care to people in an emergency.”

“We wish all the students involved the very best of luck and hope you have a fantastic time fundraising for us.”

The students aren’t the only fundraisers out and about this weekend. We have a host of Bank Holiday events going on across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. To find out about the events that are fundraising for us, click on the links below.

Bank Holiday Weekend Events

Friday 4th - Kendrick and Reading Schools' Air Ambulance Concert

Friday 4th - Charity Quiz Night

Sunday 5th – Abingdon Air and Country Show

Monday 6th – Bluebell Walk

Monday 6th – Football & Family Fun Day

Monday 6th – Wokingham May Fair