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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Charity Cycle - Inkpen to Paris!

We want to say a huge Thank You to the cyclists from Team Inkpen in West Berkshire who on the 7th August 2013 embarked on a 4 day, 320mile tour to the City of Paris to raise funds for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance! ‘Team Inkpen’ are a “normally-aspirated, self-propelled group of Yellow-Legged Inkpeners hell-bent on road cycling� and first formed in September last year. Since then they have recruited over a dozen cyclists, numerous associate members who kindly offer a variety of services to help run the team, and have already taken part in ...

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Citygate official sponsors of TVACAA!

Buckinghamshire based Volkswagen Group, Citygate, have pledged their support to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust! It will be a long and exciting road ahead as Citygate pledge a year of support for their local air ambulance. When employees of Citygate Volkswagen experienced an air ambulance rescue for themselves they became determined to find a way to keep the EC135 helicopter, named BOB, flying to the rescue.    The rescue inspired Citygate to select Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance as its chosen Charity for 2014, striking a partner...

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Results of Wellington College’s Firework Spectacular!

Wellington College’s 2013 Charity Fireworks Spectacular, held on 9th November, proved to be a record breaking event for the institution and a fantastic success for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and Crowthorne Helpzone who were the beneficiaries of the event. Both charities showed their support for the event by providing a task force of volunteers to help on the night and were overjoyed at the amount of money raised for their good causes. Zoe Bishop, Deputy Events Manager at Wellington College said: “We would like to thank the wonderful volunteers ...

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Charlotte makes excellent recovery

It was close to 9am on 27th September 2013 when Charlotte's car struck part of the central reservation on the A34 near Chieveley, Berkshire and rolled down an embankment. Charlotte was entrapped in the vehicle, which was now upside down and in a horrific mess. Given the speed in which she was travelling, onlookers who witnessed the incident have stressed that it was a miracle Charlotte survived. Witness, Stuart said: “I could see Charlotte's car upside down and I immediately phoned 999. I feared the worst and didn’t expect to find Charlotte alive.� Charlotte ...

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Eddie visits the crew

On 9th July 2013, 14 year old Eddie from Woodley, Berkshire was airlifted to hospital after colliding with an oncoming car. It was a freak accident that left Eddie with multiple injuries, including abrasions to his face, neck and chest, as well as a broken arm and concussion. “I had been riding home from school on my bike with some friends and the next thing I can remember is suddenly waking up in hospital many miles away from home a few hours later. “I was told that I had been involved in a horrible accident with a car and was thrown from my bicycle. The ...

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Teresa helping to raise funds for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance

My name is Teresa Rendal and I am from Chesham in Buckinghamshire.  On 10th October 2012, I was airlifted to hospital by the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance following a serious road traffic accident. It was a very normal day and I was driving along my usual route through Chesham on my way to work.  I do not have any recollection of what happened next, only that as I approached a crossroads, I was hit by a Van on the driver’s door. My first awareness of the accident was when I began to regain consciousness and heard somebody looking over me and telling ...

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Biker Paul’s Story

Paul Forrester, a keen biker from Reading in Berkshire, had been tackling off-road tracks on the 30th September 2012 when he fell and was crushed by his bike. “I don’t recall what really happened next but I do remember the pain as I laid there slightly under the bike with my right leg hurting. I dragged myself away already knowing that something was broken. My two friends soon realised that I was badly hurt and called for an ambulance. “The emergency services were unable to pinpoint our location and it was about an hour before any emergency services got to me. ...

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Mick’s Story

It was a nice sunny morning on the 17th October 2012 when I had arrived to do a little work off my ladders to the first storey of my friend’s house. I had made my safety checks but as I slowly leaned forward the ladder went out from underneath me. I was conscious and checked fingers and toes which were all fine but I had dislocated my shoulder which was really painful and I had to hold in the air with my other hand. As there were no land ambulances available, the air ambulance was called in; landing in the front garden and arrived in what seemed only minutes. ...

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