Students at The Highcrest Academy have voted to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance as their charity partner this year.

They will raise money and awareness for the life-saving emergency service over the next few months through events at the school and sponsored bag packs at supermarkets.

The Academy, in High Wycombe, selects a different charity every year to support, and thousands of pounds have been raised for good causes as a result.

Glen Burke, Principal, explained: "At Highcrest we believe that the students should choose which charity we will be supporting. Indeed, this year our four Vice House Captains made the final decision, having listened to the views of their peers.

"At the start of this year we invited in three very worthy local charities who all made excellent presentations to our students in assemblies. After much consideration, the students chose Thames Valley Air Ambulance as the one to back this year - and they are extremely passionate about raising money for them."

Roxy, Vice House Captain aged 13, said: "We chose the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. They are helping so many people, so we wanted to bring them forward and support them this year. They don't get enough appreciation, they put their lives at risk daily, and they are not so well-known as other charities and it is such a great cause."

Ruth Dunkin, of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by the pupils of Highcrest Academy, and are really looking forward to working with them over the forthcoming year - I am sure that their passion and enthusiasm with mean we will learn as much from them as they will from us."