A warm welcome to all new members of staff. Over the next few issues we will be providing you with further insight into the individual and their roles. For this month say hello to Rachel Wagstaff Director of Fundraising.


"I moved to Thames Valley Air Ambulance earlier this year from a health charity called Crohn's and Colitis UK where I'd been looking after their individual giving, events fundraising, community fundraising, legacy giving, in-memory giving and supporter care. Before working with Crohn's and Colitis, I was also fundraising, but mostly working with individual giving, major donor and trusts. I've formally worked with non-profits building community wellbeing in one way or another for over 14 years.

I also have some big chunks of volunteering taking me back a lot further as I first started volunteering and fundraising for charities at a fairly young age. When I was a teenager I remember organising a big group of my friends to raise money for street children in Brazil by sleeping outside in cardboard boxes. We didn't sleep much but we raised over £500 - I was so excited.

I decided I really wanted to work for Thames Valley Air Ambulance having read a story on the website of a little boy who had drowned but was saved because of the amazing care of Thames Valley Air Ambulance. I had someone close to me lose a child around the same age under similar circumstances last year - seeing what they went through was heart-breaking. I immediately thought 'yes, that's my job!' and I'm really pleased to be here.

My role as Director of Fundraising is to make sure every one of our amazing supporters knows the difference that their valued support makes, and I achieve that primarily by providing our fantastic fundraising staff with resources, structure and direction.

I see volunteers like yourself as a really important part of our team. Without support from people like you, we wouldn't be able to have the awareness and the fundraising from the local community that keeps Thames Valley Air Ambulance at the frontline of saving lives. Thank you so much for everything you do, together we make the difference!"