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Thames Valley Air Ambulance launch Christmas appeal

The TVAA are launching an appeal to raise £60,000 this Christmas.

Published by Mix96 News at 5:42am 6th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance launch Christmas appeal

Thames Valley Air Ambulance has launched its 2019 Christmas Appeal to help raise vital funds it needs to continue to provide advanced medical care to the Thames Valley.

The charity is hoping to raise £60,000 this Christmas, which would pay for 17 emergency missions. This is the number of missions that the service responded to between Christmas Day and Boxing Day last year. 

TVAA is the only provider of advanced critical care within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire which is able to bring the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to the patient. Working 365 days a year, the charity is staffed with an expert pilot, doctor and paramedic . 

TVAA receives no money from the government and is fully funded by the generosity of the community it serves.

A family who have seen just how valuable the service is, is the Harvey family. In November last year, 22-year old Scott's heart stopped whilst at the gym. Paramedics were dispatched within minutes and arrived by helicopter to Scott's side. 

Remembering Scott's incident, paramedic Jo said:

"Whilst flying to Scott, we knew he was really poorly. We rarely attend patients whose hearts have stopped who are Scott's age. Thankfully, the staff at the gym gave him brilliant first aid by using a defibrillator which restarted his heart. This meant that we could immediately begin the treatment Scott so desperately needed."

Scott's parents Chris and Karen Harvey give their thanks to the service:

"If it wasn't for this incredible charity, we would have lived the rest of our lives with the darkest painful void without the actions of the team that saved our previous son."

The emergency medical provider is asking the public to donate to help keep more families together as Christmas comes around. 

To find out more or to support the Thames Valley Air Ambulance's Christmas Appeal please visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk or call 0300 999 0135

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