About us

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance is the only Charity responsible for funding and operating the air ambulance serving the communities of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Since 1999, the Charity has responded to more than 15,500 missions averaging 3 each day, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK.

The Charity’s aircraft carry a crew comprising pilot, a doctor and a paramedic plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from RAF Benson, the maximum flying time to hospital from anywhere in the region is less than 15 minutes. If a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury (referred to as the ‘Golden Hour’) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the our air ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.

TVACAA receives no Government or National Lottery funding. The Charity is fortunate to count on tremendous public support and good will, but never takes this for granted. That is why we regard the real ‘heroes’ as not only the flight and medic crews, but those often unsung ground heroes, the volunteers and fundraisers.