Calcot slimmers are losing weight for TVACAA!
25 February 2014
Calcot slimmers are losing weight for good in more ways than one!
A group of big-hearted slimmers from Calcot are doing their bit for the local community and their own health by taking part in a sponsored slim to raise money for Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.
Members of the Calcot Slimming World group, which is held every week at Kennet Valley Free Church, are taking part in a national Slim for Good campaign running across all 11,000 Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland. The aim of the six-week drive, which kicks off from w/c February 24th, is to help people to lose weight and improve their health while raising money for a good cause in their local area.
The 116 slimmers in the Calcot groups voted for the worthy charity they wanted to support throughout the campaign and chose Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust because they recognised how this vital service could be lost without the funding it needs.
Sharon Morgan, who runs the group and has lost 2 and a half stone herself, says the Slim for Good campaign will give members of the group an added incentive to achieve their weight-loss dreams. She says: “New Year’s resolutions can often become a bit of a distant memory by late February and the motivation that you might have had at the start of January can begin to dip. If anyone’s feeling that way, I’m hoping getting sponsored to slim will give them the lift they need. When it’s a cause close to your heart, like Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust is for so many of us in the Calcot group, it’s even more of a push.
“We know that making healthy lifestyle changes to the way you eat and your activity levels makes a big difference to you, including improving your health and confidence, but it also impacts on your family and friends too as they enjoy the ‘new you’ and often get encouraged to become healthier themselves. Now, thanks to Slim for Good, members will also be able to benefit their wider local community by raising funds for Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust. Their weight-loss will literally become Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust’s gain!”
Sharon is also inviting other people in the local community to join the Calcot slimmers in their fundraising bid. She says: “If you’ve struggled with your weight for a long time, then making that decision to take control and slim down can be a big one but hopefully knowing that every pound you lose will go towards helping Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust will be a great incentive to make that step. And I would assure anyone who’s thinking about losing weight that Slimming World is the very best way to get started. Not only will you be able to follow a simple healthy eating plan that means you’ll never have to go hungry and be able to enjoy hundreds of healthy foods like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, lean meat, fish and more without weighing, counting and measuring, you’ll also get the best support to develop healthy habits for life and overcome any potential pitfalls in your journey so you really can lose weight and keep it off for good. So, by the end of the six-week campaign you could be nearly a stone lighter and on your way to a slimmer, happier, healthier you.”
Katie Whelpdale, Berkshire Fundraising Manager for TVACAA, told us “We are thrilled that Slimming World, Calcot has decided to support the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and will be delighted to work with them to help with their fundraising! We are constantly amazed by the support of our local communities who keep us saving lives every day. Thank you!”
Anyone wanting to take part in the six-week Slim for Good campaign can do so any time from 24th February. Sponsorship forms are available from the Calcot Slimming World group, which is held at Kennet Valley Free Church, Carters Rise, Calcot every Monday at 9:15am and Tuesday at 7:30pm. And as an added incentive to members joining the campaign, between 24th February and 15th March, new members who buy a special six-week Countdown will pay just £27.25 (saving £12.45). New members who buy a 12-week Countdown during the same period will get free membership and two free weeks included for £49.50 (saving £19.90).
For more information call Sharon on 07737 498822 or visit www.slimmingworld.com
Kiliclimbers 2014 – climbing to the summit for TVACAA!
24 February 2014
On Sunday 22nd June 2014, four friends from Reading will be embarking on a 5,895m climb to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!
Inspired by the work of their local air ambulance, Darren Smith, Harry Turner,
Dan Ronan and James Spencer, have been organising a series of fundraising activities since the start of 2013 with the goal of raising £20,000 for their chosen cause. Although the climb had to be postponed from last September due to injury, the team have not been deterred from completing their challenge and are back in the saddle in preparation for tackling the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
As part as of their training for Mount Kilimanjaro, Darren, Harry, Dan and James set off for Mount Snowdon in North Wales on the 15th February after finishing a fundraising event in Wokingham that day.
We caught up with the quartet this week who gave us a full update on their training progress: “We set off very early from the bottom of Snowdon and to begin with it was a really pleasant walk in the dark. We finally got to where our paths should of taken us only to encounter deep snow that came up to our knees, causing us to lose our path - it became a case of follow the footprints and head in an upwards direction. After a few hours of very hard walking (most of it actually spent crawling) we found ourselves in a very dangerous situation. 30 metres to the left of us there was an avalanche, below us was a huge drop onto the sharp rocks below.
“We were digging our hands and feet in to the snow to stop us falling. To ease our worries we received a call to get down the mountain as quickly as we can as 100 metres above us there was a huge mound of snow that had started cracking and was ready to fall at any moment. To say we weren’t scared would be an understatement, but I am very pleased to say we all made it safely down with this story to tell. We appreciate these are the sort of conditions we will potentially be facing at Kili but our chosen cause is completely worth it!”
We wish Darren, Harry, Dan and James all the very best in their training and a safe journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in June. We will of course be keeping you up-to-date with their progress! They are, however, still in need of some help; particularly with sponsorship, raffle prizes and donations. No matter how big or small, any contribution you can give will be very much appreciated.
If you would like to support their fundraising please text BBBA82 £5, £10 & £20 etc. to 70070 or visit: https://www.justgiving.com/berkoxonbucks
TVACAA response statement 14/02/2014: AAIB Special Bulletin into
Glasgow Accident 29th November 2013
14 February 2014
The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has today issued a second Special Bulletin on the investigation. The bulletin provides more factual information and an update on the progress of the investigation.
The report can be found here: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/special_bulletins.cfm
This is another step in the AAIB’s systematic investigative process which will be long and complex.
Bond Air Services Ltd made the following statement earlier today;
‘We appreciate that there is likely to be media interest in the release of the Special Bulletin but, whilst the investigation continues, we would urge against speculation. We owe it to the memories of those who died, those who were injured, and the families affected by this tragedy to help the investigation team to answer as many questions as possible and discover exactly what happened.’
The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust reiterates the sentiments of this statement, with our thoughts being of those affected by the incident. Our service remains operational, and unaffected.
We will not be making any further comment at this stage.
Happy Valentine's from BOB Crew!
14 February 2014
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Happy Valentine’s Day from our fantastic BOB crew!
The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day.
While for many Valentines Day is a celebration of love the crew of the TVACAA will be in operation, as they are 365 days a year, should the air ambulance be required in the event of a medical emergency.
(pictured paramedics Neil Plant, Adam Jones and pilot
Frilford Golf Club raises £14,000 for Chosen Charity!
07 February 2014
The fundraising activities of Frilford Heath Golf Club have raised a staggering £14,000 for their charity of the year, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!
Having adopted Oxfordshire’s local air ambulance to be their chosen charity for 2013, members of the club embarked on a series of fundraising events which included charity golf days, captain’s charity day and also abseiling down the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Our volunteers Ray and Janet Dawson were invited to the club on 14th January to meet with the Men’s Captain, Mike Chapman and Ladies Captain, Sue Russell to accept the cheque on behalf of the Charity.
We are extremely grateful for the support and generosity of all the members of Frilford Heath Golf Club and wish to thank everyone who contributed in raising such an excellent amount of funds.
We also want to take this opportunity to express our sincerest thanks to Ray and Janet who have also been working vigorously to support the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. Their fundraising efforts accumulated over £6,500 in 2013 and this year they have set a target of £8,000!
These combined fundraising totals will go a long way in helping to fund more potentially lifesaving missions.
Ladies Golf Club raises over £1,000 for BOB!
07 February 2014
We would like to express our sincerest thanks to the members of the Datchet Ladies Golf Club who invited Berkshire Fundraising Manager, Katie Whelpdale, to the club last Wednesday to accept a cheque for £1,147.72 for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!
Club Captain, Angela Singleton (pictured in the middle with the golf club) was the Ladies’ Captain in 2013 and elected the TVACAA as her chosen charity of the year.
The club’s fundraising events throughout 2013 included raffles, bring and buy sales and charity golf matches (where the team Captains challenged couples to play against them). Their biggest fundraising event was a charity bridge drive last October where other club members were invited to attend.
Angela had been very keen to support TVACAA when several years ago a club member suffered a bad fall whilst on the course and had to be airlifted.
Angela said: “I felt that the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance was a very worthy cause for us golfers to raise money for as I felt that it was something we could all relate to, in particular landing in areas that are difficult to access like golf courses. It’s possible that any of us could have called on the services of the air ambulance. We are quite a small group of golfers and I was so thrilled to be able to raise so much!”
Our thanks go to all of the ladies at Datchet Golf Club for their excellent fundraising and continued support!
TVACAA Public Survey
03 February 2014
The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) provides emergency medical care across the region 365 days per year. As a charity, we want to understand whether you are aware of the work we do and how we are funded, and to learn more about what motivates people to support charitable causes.
Your view is very important to us and we would be grateful if you could fill in the survey via the link below. By doing so you will help set the future direction of the charity. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and you can fill it in anonymously if you wish. As a thank you for taking part, we will enter you into a prize draw to win a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher.
TVACAA Public Survey