During the coronavirus pandemic, Thames Valley Air Ambulance is continuing to provide its critical care service across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
In this second lockdown, Government advice is that people who can work from home should do so. This means that our headquarters in Stokenchurch is closed until further notice. Arrangements remain in place to enable the processing of post and other essential tasks that cannot be carried out remotely.
At the beginning of the pandemic, we made the decision not to attend, arrange or promote any public events before the end of August. Since then, as restrictions eased, we were able to participate in a small number of events including a 21st Anniversary event with our patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex, and the end of Ruth Saunders’ marathon walk.
The announcement of the second lockdown means that, once again, we are unable to attend, arrange or promote any events until at least early December. We will review this position as Government guidelines change.
This is hugely disappointing for us and we really miss being able to work with people in the way that we would like. However, the communities that we serve have been truly incredible in supporting us in these challenging times as the way we fundraise has adapted to the ongoing crisis. Although we miss the face-to-face contact with our volunteers, supporters and fundraisers, there are still many ways to stay involved. We have a range of virtual events, in addition to some participation events depending on future Government guidelines, that you can sign up to.
We will continue to support and share inspiring stories of individuals and households who are taking part in fundraising challenges that comply with the prevailing public health guidelines.
The generosity and determination of our supporters and the wider community continues to amaze and inspire us all and we are so grateful. It is only because of your continued support that we are able to provide the crucial service that we do – thank you.
Chief Executive, Thames Valley Air Ambulance