‘Outstanding’ Rating From Inspectors

The work of Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance has been cited as ‘outstanding’ following a recent South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC highlighted a number of areas of practice that had significantly enhanced the standard and quality of clinical care given to patients.  These included the introduction of blood transfusions, ultrasound and blood gas analysis on the air ambulance. The report also commended SCAS staff, including our air ambulance paramedics, for the exceptional care and compassion ...

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Vote for us for the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Help us win £300 with Galaxy Hot Chocolate by voting for us as your favourite local charity! Each week until 23 February five cash awards will be given to small, local community groups and charities that support warm hearted people and projects – all you have to do it click the link below and vote for us. The money received would help us to fund our life saving service from basic clinical items such as latex gloves to big items like ultrasound machines, so every pound helps! Three people on average every day need our air ambulance at a cost of £2,500 per flight ...

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London Marathon place up for grabs!

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Fancy getting fit and running 26.3miles in one of the most exciting road marathons in the world, all whilst raising money for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance? Well you better get your running shoes on, as we have one Virgin Money London Marathon place up for grabs! If this is on your bucket list, you just fancy a challenge, or you have committed to a dreaded New Year’s resolution – tell us in 150 words why we should give you the place in the London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 26 April 2015.  All we ask in return is that you raise £1,500 or more ...

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Tenth Santa Cruise raises thousands of pounds!

All the Santas line up with the helicopter
The cheeky Burghfield Santas were out in force again this festive season for their annual Santa Cruise and were doing what they do best – spreading seasonal joy and good will, drinking copious amounts of the brown stuff, and raising a massive £25,000 for the air ambulance!  And the donations are still rolling in! A total of 30 Santas on festively decorated bikes, cycled around West Berkshire villages (via the pubs!) on Saturday 20 December after a family fun day in Burghfield Common! The annual event, which hit its ten year milestone, even saw the air ambulance ...

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TVACAA hits prime time TV!

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) will be coming to your living room this month, in a newly commissioned primetime television series.  Sky 1’s Air Ambulance ER is a six-part documentary featuring the day-to-day work of TVACAA , where 365 days a year the highly skilled crew bring hospital-standard emergency care and equipment to the roadside, critically intervening in sometimes life-threatening situations. Production company Tern TV spent four months during the summer of 2014 filming with the crew as they embarked on hundreds of missions across ...

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ROWING THE “CHANNEL” FOR TVACAA

As part of the Government’s Autumn Statement, Chancellor, George Osborne has announced today that Air Ambulance Charities will be granted VAT relief.

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Air Ambulance charities to receive VAT relief

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As part of the Government’s Autumn Statement, Chancellor, George Osborne has announced today that Air Ambulance Charities will be granted VAT relief.

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Zip Wiring for TVACAA!

We would like to express our utmost thanks to supporter, Trish Wagstaff from Abingdon in Oxfordshire whose fundraising endeavours and appetite for adventure has helped to raise over £300,000 for local causes! If you or anyone you know is looking for new ways to help support Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and need an extra bit of inspiration, Trish is most certainly someone to ask. From sponsored hiking, tandem skydiving, diving with sharks, abseiling the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth to paragliding, Trish (83) has an impressive list of accomplishments and ...

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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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