President’s Charity of the Year announced!

The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are pleased to announce that The Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been chosen as the President’s Charity of the Year.

Covering a population of over two million people in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, The Thames Valley Air Ambulance bring advanced expertise and specialist equipment to patients within minutes of the emergency call.

Thanks to support from the local community, experienced doctor and paramedic crews are able to reach people in need within minutes, ready to deliver advanced life-saving critical care that you would normally find only in a hospital A&E department.

Over the years the service has transformed from ‘swoop and scoop’, making huge developments in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Teams now have at their fingertips the latest life support kit such as a compact chest compressor which allows medics to continue treatment at the same time as keeping the heart pumping. They carry blood on board for on-scene transfusions and a hospital level blood analyser which can give vital information in seconds. They have hand held ultrasound machines, able to show internal injuries at the roadside, and in the last few years TVAA have extended the service by introducing a car as well as a brand new helicopter, fully equipped for night operations.

With help from the local community, TVAA are proud to be an organisation that is committed to constant development and enhancement and above all else, committed to patient care.

Ruth Dunkin, Head of Community & Events for TVAA, “Thames Valley Air Ambulance are delighted to be the chosen charity for The Royal County of Berkshire Show in 2018. Covering large rural areas across our service area, means we are often needed for farming and equestrian related incidents, and we are so grateful for the continued support from the community we serve. We look forward to working with Berkshire Show to raise vital funds and awareness, and meeting many of our supporters in September.”

Peter Carlisle, President of the Royal County of Berkshire Show, ‘I am very pleased that my chosen charity for 2018 is the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, which provides crucial support in rural areas for many activities including farming and equestrianism alongside many types of biking pursuits.’


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