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Charity Cycle - Inkpen to Paris!
16 April 2014

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‘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 several testing endurance challenges.

In memory of a close friend, who sadly passed away following a road traffic accident, team leader Karl Prismal wanted to focus Team Inkpen’s efforts on supporting a Charity which could benefit any member of the public. Their local Air Ambulance seemed a natural choice.

Karl said: “We are all aware there are so many worthy causes, so as a group we had a meeting to decide a main beneficiary for this event. The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance was suggested as it is a vital service which anyone could need. For me it was easy to give Air Ambulance my vote.

"My friend Garry was airlifted to hospital but due to the nature of his injuries he lost his battle a week later. The speedy response of the air ambulance gave Garry the best chance to fight his injuries and allowed his family to be by his side when he sadly passed away.

“Whilst we as teammates are all enjoying the benefits from cycling, we wanted it to help others too. This is why we decided to use our Inkpen to Paris challenge to raise money for the Charity.”

Team Inkpen arrived at RAF Benson and presented our crew with a cheque for £6,590!

We again wish to thank Karl and the rest of Team Inkpen, Cary Fielder, Henry Morris, Ed Hing, Martin Cuss, Richard Franics, Tony Ross, Lawrence Martin, Phil White and Jill Cuss for their excellent fundraising efforts.

A huge thank you must also go to everyone who helped them to utterly smash their £5,000 target. These funds will go a long way!

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Citygate official sponsors of TVACAA!
1 April 2014

Buckinghamshire based Volkswagen Group, Citygate, have pledged their support to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust!

CitygateIt 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 partnership to raise much needed funds and awareness of the fantastic service that the TVACAA team provides.  

For anyone wondering why the helicopter is called BOB, the answer is simple – he covers the  counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  

News of the partnership emerged on social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn on 1st April with a series of in fun April Fool posts and pictures to highlight Citygate’s support of such a worthy cause.  


Citygate Volkswagen, said: “We are very proud of our alliance with Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. A small group of us visited the Air Ambulance base at RAF Benson and were blown away by the team’s dedication and professionalism.” 

BOB has a top speed of 150mph reaching the outermost borders of the patch within 15 minutes and has the ability to access remote areas with difficult access all without being snarled up in traffic jams or congestion. 


Sarah Williamson, Head of Fundraising for TVACAA, said: “Our mantra is ‘bringing the hospital to the roadside’ for the patient and we are constantly working to deliver this on a day to day basis.    

“The commitment and enthusiasm of organisations such as Citygate is vital in enabling us to continue to operate our service as we rely solely on sponsorship, donations and fundraising events to meet the annual running costs of the TVACAA.”  

Citygate Volkswagen has dealerships across Chalfont, High Wycombe, Watford, Colindale and Ruislip.  

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities with Citygate Volkswagen call 0844 5585 855. 

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Results of Wellington College’s Firework Spectacular!
28 March 2014

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.

Wellington CollegeBoth 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 from Crowthorne HopeZone and TVACAA for all their help with the event and to the local community who year on year support this charity spectacular.

“The College has supported Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance for many years and we were delighted to raise a staggering £3,462.50 for a charity who provides a service so needed in our local community. As ever we continue to show our support with their Open Gardens programme by hosting their annual Wellington Sunday 24 August 2014.”

The grounds of Wellington College are not normally open to the public and we are delighted to have the College open as part of our annual Open Garden scheme once again.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the TVACAA were volunteers Bob & Sue Lee, John & Mavis Cook and Tony & Margaret Finch, who assisted in the running of the 2013 Spectacular. Our volunteers stressed that the firework spectacular was “a fabulous event and very well supported by the local people. We’re hoping for a very good turnout on the 24th August when the College open their grounds to public to support BOB!”

For more information about events at Wellington College please contact The Events Team at
 events@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

For a free copy of the Open Gardens 2014 brochure please contact the Charity on 0300 999 0135 


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Relief of VAT on Fuel
20 March 2014

Treasury relieves some Air Ambulances of VAT on Fuel and extends LIBOR Fines to some Air Ambulance Charities in the UK.

Bob at BensonThe Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust is delighted for colleagues across the UK who will be affected by yesterday’s announcement from UK Chancellor, George Osborne, for the relief of VAT on air ambulance aviation fuel and access to the LIBOR fine fund to associated emergency services such as London’s Air Ambulance. 

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK has welcomed today’s announcement from UK Chancellor.

Clive Dickin, National Director of the Association said, “We welcome the announcement that the Libor fine fund is supporting air ambulance charities across the UK such as London’s Air Ambulance and that the VAT rebate on aviation fuel which affects several other air ambulance charities such as Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance will save many hundreds of thousands of pounds that can now be spent on saving lives.

“The pledge of £1.1 million for financial year 14/15 in support of London’s Air Ambulance new aircraft is just one example of how the LIBOR fine fund can be utilised. Association members’ can now apply to the Treasury for similar project.”

The Association still calls on the Chancellor to review all VAT provisions for UK charities and recognises that while VAT on aviation fuel is a significant step, there is still over £800,000.000 per year lost in irrecoverable VAT. 


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