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Give the gift of life this Christmas

 We’ve launched our latest Christmas appeal, featuring the story of a man who lost his leg last year in a road traffic collision.  

In January 2022, Paul was on his way to work in Faringdon. He noticed a car on the roadside, so he parked his car on the other side of the road and went over to help, waving to approaching cars to warn them to slow down. One passing car slowed, but the second car did not manage to hit the brakes in time and Paul was pinned between two vehicles.  

We arrived on scene by helicopter and gave Paul ketamine to manage his pain, then he was carefully brought out of the ditch.  At the John Radcliffe Hospital, Paul was rushed straight into surgery. His right leg was amputated that morning.   

Paul, who is due to be reunited with the crew who saved his life this Christmas, has been supported by our Aftercare team since the incident. He is now telling his story through a new animation, which he hopes will inspire people to support our service.  

Paul said: “Thames Valley Air Ambulance became the people who not only picked me up off the road, but the people who continued to check in with me once I was home. I felt like someone was keeping an eye on me. 

“None of us think this will happen to us. We put money in a tin and forget about it. But, if you ever need the support of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, they will be there for you. Without the charity, I would probably be dead. But without public support, the charity couldn’t exist. I don’t really know how I can thank them enough.”  

This Christmas, we’re urging people to give the gift of life and help us to be there for people like Paul whenever we’re needed.

Amanda McLean, CEO

Amanda McLean, Chief Executive Officer at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said:   

“Paul’s world was turned upside down in 2022 and he has been on a journey of recovery ever since, but he has come out fighting. Paul’s story is inspirational and we’re so grateful to him for being part of our powerful new animation. 

“Our charity brings lifesaving care in an emergency, but our care also extends beyond the scene. Our expert crew treated Paul on the roadside and our Aftercare team provided vital support as he navigated his way through life after trauma. None of this would have been possible without donations from our community. So, this Christmas, we’re urging people to give the gift of life and help us to be there for people like Paul whenever we’re needed.”  


Donate today and help us be there for more patients like Paul.