Zip Wiring for TVACAA!

We would like to express our utmost thanks to supporter, Trish Wagstaff from Abingdon in Oxfordshire whose fundraising endeavours and appetite for adventure has helped to raise over £300,000 for local causes!

If you or anyone you know is looking for new ways to help support Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and need an extra bit of inspiration, Trish is most certainly someone to ask. From sponsored hiking, tandem skydiving, diving with sharks, abseiling the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth to paragliding, Trish (83) has an impressive list of accomplishments and will take on just about any type of challenge to help her local charities.

She has become something of celebrity, having been honoured for her services to charity with a British Empire Medal in 2012, and we were delighted to welcome Trish to RAF Benson on the 23rd September.

Trish informed crew members, pilot David Webber, paramedics Richard Company and Andy College, and Dr Syed Masud that each year she chooses a different local cause to be the beneficiaries of her next daring challenge. This year she chose to support Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!

On the 29th June, Trish ventured to the Bethesea Penryn Slate Quarry in Snowdonia to take on Europe’s longest and fastest zip line challenge. Over hanging a quarry 500ft below, Trish travelled the 1mile zip wire at a speed of 102mph!

 Trish said: “I still have my health about me and years ago I felt,’ why shouldn’t I be doing things like this to help others?’ I’ve always been inspired by the work of the air ambulance.

“They are called to incidents where time is always of the essence, thank goodness we have them! It was a pleasure to meet the crew who were marvellous and very dedicated.”

When we asked her what her plans were for next year, Trish replied: “The plans are not off the ground…yet!”
Trish’s zip wire challenge has gone on to raise over £11,500 for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance!

Our thanks again go to Trish for her excellent fundraising.