Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance commits to full night flying capability

Night-time flying takes Air Ambulance into new era 23rd September 2014: Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) has today announced its commitment to full night-time flying. Together with its operational partner Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), the Charity will extend its relationship with Bond Air Services Ltd, upgrading to a new helicopter with full night flying capability. This will enable TVACAA to realise its long-term ambition of extending its life-saving service into the hours of darkness as well as in daylight and provide a gold ...

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Lee’s story

On the 17th July 2012, just over a year ago, I was involved in a very serious motorcycle crash and had to be airlifted by the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. I was on my way home from work, travelling on my motorcycle, when suddenly I was involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming a car. Despite the heavy collision, I actually remember the crash and as I laid on the floor I knew instantly my leg was badly broken. Amazingly, given the predicament I was in, I couldn’t actually feel any real pain. The first ambulance responder on scene was a paramedic ...

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Suzie’s Story – Back in the saddle

Suzie's Story
This year marked a major milestone for ex-patient Suzie Hext who was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital after a horrendous horse riding accident two years ago. It was a split second that changed my life forever. The horse reared over and landed on top of me and subsequently decided to roll back over me to get up. I had broken my back and pelvis and I had sustained a substantial amount of nerve damage. I remember the moment when the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance arrived. The crew took control of the situation and helped keep me calm. I have them ...

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Ex-patient opens her garden for TVACAA!

Having suffered a severely broken foot 4 years ago, an ex-patient of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance is now preparing to give something back to the Charity! Edna Szul from High Wycombe will be opening her garden in Booker Hill on Saturday 2nd August to help raise funds for the air ambulance Charity that helped to save her foot, having suffered a bad fall in the garden on the 21st June 2010. “What was the longest day of the year became a very long day indeed! I had been cleaning the outside windows that overlook our back garden when all of a sudden the ...

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Kiliclimbers Return!

Back in February of this year, the Charity were contacted by four courageous friends from Reading and informed our Berkshire Fundraising Manager, Kate Whelpdale, that they had decided to embark on a journey to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance! So inspired were they by the work of their local air ambulance, Darren Smith, Harry Turner, Dan Ronan and James Spencer climbed the 5,895m on Sunday 22nd June with the goal of raising £20,000. The team had hoped to complete this feat last September but unfortunately it ...

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The Rock Riders Return!

CJ Leiu and Jonny Heaton have finally made it back to Buckinghamshire! After a gruelling 14 days of travelling from Gibraltar to Adams Park, High Wycombe both riders have done a stellar effort for the Air Ambulance. The Journey has not been without its highs and lows (and we’re not referring to the Pyrenees!) from being waved goodbye by Miss World 2010 (who just happens to be the deputy Mayor of Gibraltar) to being evicted at 6am by a militant Dutch hotelier (Meneer Fawtly). Currently their fundraising has gone past the £20,000 mark and we understand that they ...

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Mayor of Marlow adopts TVACAA as Chosen Charity!

Our team were once again invited to fundraise at the annual Marlow Town Regatta on Saturday 14th June and were overjoyed when the Mayor of Marlow, Cllr Suzanne Brown, announced that the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance would be one of her chosen charities during her tenure as Mayor of Marlow. Now in her second term in office, Mayor Brown utilised the Marlow Regatta to surprise both the TVACAA and also the Marlow Opportunity Playgroup so that they would both be present when the announcement was made. While both charities are very close to heart, the TVACAA in ...

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Early blossom for Open Gardens!

The TVACAA’s annual Open Garden Scheme has enjoyed an early blossom with our opening weekends in Higher Denham and the Bluebell Walk in Hungerford receiving their best ever turnouts! The Bluebell Walk in particular received excellent support with proceeds and donations on the day raising over a staggering £7,000 for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and the Genesis Appeal. The weather was very much on our side and proved a treat for visitors exploring the 30-acre Shefford Woodlands which is carpeted with bluebells every spring. The Bluebell Walk ...

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Maidenhead Golf Club ’round’ off tenure

This time last year, Brian McGinley and Caroline Cope were elected the Men and Ladies Captains at the Maidenhead Golf Club in Berkshire and together adopted the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance to be one of their Chosen Charities of 2013. The two captains visited the TVACAA at RAF Benson in March last year and informed us of the various fundraising activities they would be undertaking during their tenure as club captains. The club’s 800 plus members were all involved in a number of events and activities, including Charity golf days & competitions, ...

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Stubbings House to open Saturday 24th June!

By popular demand, Stubbings House in Maidenhead will be opening for an additional day on Saturday 24th May! A beautiful stately garden set in woodlands around the 18th Century Stubbings House, home to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in the 1940’s.  Lovely open parkland and lawns, with extensive southerly views and woodland walks. Don’t miss the specimen trees, including 250 year old cedars and a wonderful araucaria, also the glorious 70m herbaceous border backed by a wisteria covered garden wall. The 18th Century ice house is also open again this ...

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