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We were delighted to have won a grant of £25,000 from Tesco as a part of its ‘Bags of Help Centenary Grant Initiative’. We want to take this opportunity to share our massive thanks and appreciation to the staff at Tesco and to all of their customers who voted for us.

The initiative comes as the supermarket chain marked its centenary year with funding rounds that focused on supporting community groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits.

Customers were invited to vote for the project they wanted to receive the top prize, using blue tokens handed out at checkouts. Alongside Thames Valley Air Ambulance, St John Ambulance was awarded £15,000 and AEDonate received £10,000.

The £25,000 will help us to fund some of the vital medical equipment supplies that we carry on our helicopter and critical care response cars.

Doctor Syed Masud, Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s medical director, said:

“It’s thanks to our supporters like Tesco that we are able to provide the highest standards of advanced medical care at the scene of an incident, including surgical procedures, administering anaesthesia and blood transfusions.

“This funding will help to pay for the essential medical equipment supplies we carry on our helicopter and critical care response vehicles. Some of this equipment can only be used once on each patient and therefore needs to be constantly replenished.

“From child and adult defibrillator pads to breathing equipment, these vital consumable pieces of kit allow us to give our patients the best possible chance of survival.”

Patients At Heart

We first took to the skies 21 years ago. Now, over two decades and 24,000 call-outs later, we dedicate this special anniversary to our patients and their families – each of whom are at the heart of our story as a charity.

We are incredibly proud to have served you, our wonderful community, for the last two decades. In turn, we can’t begin to express our gratitude for your support and generous donations which have made our service possible. Simply put, none of this would be possible without you.

Find out more about our 21st anniversary; from reading the inspirational stories of our patients, to viewing our launch event film with our Royal Patron The Countess of Wessex. There’s also lots of ways you, your family and friends can get involved in the celebrations.

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