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Recruitment Service reach the top for BOB!
24 May 2020

On Friday 17th May, the intrepid explorers from ABRS Recruitment in Henley-on-Thames embarked on their Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves walking the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours and despite the gale-force winds, arctic conditions, fuel scares and sleep deprivation, the team successfully completed the challenge in record time and raised over £8,000 for TVACAA in the process!

‘The team reached the final base in just over 5 hours at 9.07am making their total time climbing just under 13 hours but in a grand total of 27.5 hours. The average travel time taken in an unrestricted vehicle staying within the speed limits is said to be between 10 and 11 hours so the team finished ecstatic in the knowledge that their time was a good one and the challenge had really been successfully completed.’

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance want to say a huge 'Thank You’ to all of the team for the blood, sweat and tears they put into this challenge, ‘all in the name of
Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!’

To read more about their epic adventure and to see some of the fantastic pictures taken, please visit:
www.abrs.com



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In memory - cyclist embarks on gruelling 55mile challenge!
23 May 2020

A team of cyclists from Stokenchurch & High Wycombe will embark on the prestigious London to Brighton Bike Ride on the 16th June after being out of the bike saddle for over 10 years!

The bike ride itself is the largest charity bike ride in Europe and team Captain, Paul Newbury, will be venturing to the Brighton seafront to raise funds for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and to honour the memory of his brother-in-law, Mark Hodge.

"My chosen charity is the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, a charity that is very close to my heart. This air ambulance was called to the aid of my brother-in-law, Mark, who was involved in a serious motorbike accident and had to be airlifted to hospital due the severity of his injuries. Unfortunately, he never made it and passed away in the Air Ambulance on route to the hospital. Mark suffered such severe injuries there was little that could have been done for him. That said, if it wasn't for the Air Ambulance there would have been NO chance of him getting to the hospital where possibly he could have been saved."

"In June I am will be taking on the London to Brighton Bike Ride to raise funds for the Charity.
It may only be 55 miles, but for someone who hasn't ridden a bike for over 10 years it's enough of a challenge so I'm currently undergoing some fairly intense training!”


We wish Paul all the very best in his challenge!

If you would like to support Paul’s fundraising, you can make a donation via his justgiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Tom-Paul-TV-AirAmbulance


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Ex-patient thanks John Radcliffe for support!
23 May 2020

Lawrence Littledale, an ex-patient of the TVACAA, will visit the John Radcliffe Hospital on 8th June to thank them for their continued support for the Charity.

The Radcliffe Orchestra is pleased to announce its next concert will be held on Saturday 8th June, at 7:45pm, in the Tingewick Hall of the John Radcliffe Hospital in aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. The programme will feature works by Hue, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. 

The orchestra consists mainly of members of the healthcare profession, including many from the John Radcliffe and other Oxford hospitals, and have been rehearsing and performing at the Tingewick Hall for over 26 years. Every year three concerts are held in aid of one or more medical charities and they have chosen to support TVACAA with their June concert.

Attending on the evening, under much different circumstances, will be Lawrence Littledale, from Wallingford, Oxon. Lawrence was involved in a serious road traffic collision on New Year’s Day 2005 and had to be airlifted by the TVACAA. The speed in which Lawrence arrived at the John Radcliffe was the key factor in his survival.

Eleanor Green, Fundraising Manager for Oxfordshire, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that the Radcliffe Orchestra has chosen us as the beneficiaries of their next performance. Without the support of the local community, we simply wouldn't be able to continue helping people like Lawrence in their hour of need.’

Tickets are £10 (including refreshments) for adults, £8 concessions and Under 16s are free.

Tickets are available from the Cairns Library and on the door. For more information, please visit:
http://www.radcliffeorchestra.org.uk/

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Forbury Hotel donates award winning cuisine to TVACAA!
21 May 2020

A team at the Luxury Forbury Hotel in Reading are climbing the ‘3 Peaks’ on Tuesday 30th July 2013 and are aiming to raise over £5,000 for their local Air Ambulance!   Climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, the team will be led by climbing instructor & hotel manager, Peter Farquhar. In the run up to the climb itself, Peter and the team have organised a number of fundraising activities.

On Friday 7th June 2013, the Forbury Hotel are pleased to offer people the opportunity to come and enjoy an evening of exceptional wine and award winning food. All proceeds from the sale of tickets for this event will be going towards their nominated charity, the TVACAA. Tickets include a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a three course dinner.


The evening is themed around food and wine, particularly wines to enjoy during the summer months. You will enjoy a different glass of wine with each course, each explained and described by Coe Vintners, our wine supplier.  This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a great atmosphere, quality food and wine along with helping to raise money for the Air Ambulance.

Tickets for this truly memorable evening are just £55.00 per person, this includes canapés and a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by our three course bespoke menu and a carefully selected glass of wine per course.

To reserve your tickets on one of our shared event tables, please call 01189 527770 and speak to Stephanie or Peter or email events@theforburyhotel.co.uk

Alternatively please visit
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/peaksmunkeesforbury


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3yr old Sophie visits BOB for first time after airlift
17 May 2020

Earlier today, little 3 year old Sophie Reeves from Newbury, Berks visited Air Ambulance BOB for the first time after she was airlifted following a fall from a window last year.

With her mum, Catriona, who was able to fly in the helicopter with her to hospital, they looked round the helicopter and met the crew, taking time to talk to Jon Cuthill who has currently been recording with the BBC at RAF Benson this week, about their story. 
  
She said: "Thanks to the magnificent crew, Sophie is making a good recovery. I will never forget how calm and reassuring the paramedics were. In the worst moments for a parent, it was a relief to know that Sophie was in the best hands."   

“We are now fundraising for the Air Ambulance, and will continue to support it in any way we can, so it can continue to help as many other patients as possible in the future.”

Family friend, Gemma Livingstone, is now taking on the Newbury 10k on the 26th June to raise funds for the Thames Valley and Chiltenr Air Ambulance. You can support Gemma via her justgiving page below:

http://www.justgiving.com/Gemma-Livingstone


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BOB called to Reading twice

3 May

The first medical emergency, earlier this afternoon, BOB was called to the A329 near Bracknell to a motorcyclist vs car incident. 

A patient was stabilised on scene and airlifted to the John Radcliffe Trauma Centre.

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TVACAA winners of Nationwide's Big Local!
1st May 2013

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance have been confirmed the winners of Nationwide’s Big Local Award Programme and will receive a £5,000 donation!

Each month Nationwide choose three charities nominated by its members from a different UK region. The public are then allowed to vote online for the charity they would like to receive £5,000 of funding.  

The local air ambulance for Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire were shortlisted for the April programme, the second month that Nationwide has run the Big Local, and secured 43% of the vote with over 6000 votes received in total.   

Chad Rogerson, Senior Citizenship Manager at Nationwide, said: ‘The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance was our second winner of the Big Local, and we are delighted to donate £5,000 to such a worthwhile cause. The charity means a lot to our members, with 43% voting for the Air Ambulance and a host of heartfelt comments posted on the Big Local website.’  

Sarah Williamson, Head of Fundraising for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, said: ‘We want to thank Nationwide for shortlisting Air Ambulance BOB for this excellent programme and, of course, a big thank you to everyone who voted for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. For the TVACAA to have gained the majority of votes is very encouraging and we are absolutely delighted with the support we have received. This service relies entirely on charitable donations and these funds will go a long way.’  

The Big Local is focusing on London during the month of May and would like to encourage more visitors to the Big Local website and find out about the three new charities shortlisted.  

To find out more about the Big Local and to cast your vote, please visit:
http://your.nationwide.co.uk/thebiglocal


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