Burghfield Santa Cruise 2013!
05 December 2013
It’s that time of the year when our very good friends from Burghfield Common, Berkshire will again be donning their finely pressed Santa outfits for the annual ‘Burghfield Santa Cruise’ to raise funds for chosen charity, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!
On Saturday 14th December at 12pm, fifteen intrepid Burghfield Santa Cruisers hit the streets of Mortimer, Theale, Burghfield Common and Burghfield Village, visiting the local companies and pubs that support their cause. As is only appropriate, the Santa’s will be riding reindeer (appropriately dressed bicycles) for the majority of the route, switching to alternative means of transport in the evening.
The Santa’s will ride 8 - 10 miles over the day stopping everywhere they can to collect funds and raise awareness for TVACAA. We caught up with Christian Frankum, one of the Burghfield Santa’s, who told us they were aiming to raise £15,000 for TVACAA this year!
Christian said: “The cruise has become more organised since the first year but we keep it simple and have a lot of fun. We have seen BOB on missions around the area and know some of the villagers that have been picked up following accidents. When we started out we wanted to collect for a worthy cause that benefitted local people directly. The Air Ambulance was a unanimous choice for us. The local residents and companies all feel the same way and with their generosity, this has enabled us to collect just under £50,000 since the event started.”
TVACAA and the Burghfield Santa’s would like to say a big Thank You to family, friends and local companies that have sponsored and supported the Burghfield Santa Cruise so generously over the years.
If you would like to support the Burghfield Santa’s by making a donation, please visit: www.santacruise.org.uk/
Rogue Collectors - please be aware!
05 December 2013
It has come to our attention that a party of rogue collectors posing as the 'Air Ambulance Service' are currently distributing hoax leaflets across the country.
Vital income could be lost as a result of companies that carry out fraudulent activities and we ask all supporters and potential donators of Air Ambulance Charities to please be wary!
There have been several reports of a hoax Charity, simply calling themselves "Air Ambulance Service", sending out collection leaflets (see pictured) nationwide and encouraging people to donate to them.
Please see the link below for full article:
BOB called to M4
04 December 2013
At around 1:24pm the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance was tasked to a road traffic incident on the M4 involving a car that had left the road.
Fire & police services were also in attendance.
A female patient was treated on scene and conveyed to Royal Berkshire Hospital by land.
Village Idiots - 'Mongol Rally 2013!'
01 December 2013
We were delighted to finally to catch up with Chris Clarke, Kate Nannery & Julia Barriere who have at last returned from their epic journey to Mongolia as part of the annual ‘Mongol Rally’, a car rally commencing in Europe and ending in Ulan Bator Mongolia where participants must tackle some of the toughest terrain on the planet in a vehicle costing no more than £1,000.
From Henley-on-Thames and Stokenchurch respectively, Chris, Kate and Julia together comprise their fundraising alias, ‘The Village Idiots’ and will embark on just about any fundraising challenge they can to help support Chosen Charity, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.
In the run up to the Rally itself, the trio organised a series of fundraising activities throughout the year, which included pub quizzes, kissing booths, street theatre, bag packing and a 70’s car wash, endeavouring to raise awareness not just for TVACAA, but also for the gruelling challenge they would be taking on to help support the Charity.
We bid the Village Idiots farewell at the beginning of July and gave them a send-off when Chris, Julia and Kate visited RAF Benson to say “Cheerio” BOB and the crew.
After 2 months on the road, 6 punctured tyres, a lost sumpguard and broken exhaust to name but a few problems, the trio made it to Mongolia in one piece, arriving on the 2nd September. They have since arrived back in the United Kingdom and are now in the process of making a documentary of their journey to Mongolia in the ‘BOBmobile’ (see pictured in Turkey – taken by Kate Nannery).
Although sponsorship is still coming in, we can confirm that the Village Idiots have together already raised over £3,000 for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance! We again wish to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to Chris, Kate and Julia for their excellent fundraising efforts, embracing the unknown, on a route that was labelled ‘un-route’ by the organisers, to support their local air ambulance.
The Village Idiots are already planning they’re next fundraising endeavour in the New Year – watch this space!