The Long Reach Swim 2018

Wallingford, Oxon
Sunday, 19 August 2018

We're delighted to name the Thames Valley Air Ambulance as our event charity for 2018. RAF Benson, the home of the TVAA airborne craft, is only 1 mile from our swim start area, so it doesn't get more local than that! You'll have opportunity to make a donation to this great cause whilst you're completing the online entry form. Here's a little info our this great charity.

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance is an independent charitable trust providing a lifesaving service for the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including Milton Keynes.

The Charity’s aim is to bring rapid medical attention when and where it is needed and to transport patients to hospital in the quickest possible time. The helicopter is manned by a regular doctor-led crew, who are highly trained in pre-hospital emergency medical care and deliver the highest level medical attention to those who need it.

The helicopter carries a full range of life-saving equipment to enable swift medical intervention on the ground and is based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance operates 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. On average, the crew is called out 2-3 times a day to emergency missions involving road traffic collisions, equestrian and sporting accidents and the onset of acute illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes, with each mission costing over £2,500.

The helicopter is frequently scrambled to areas that a land ambulance could not access, such as remote rural areas, railways, rivers, golf courses and sporting fields. It is the speed in which the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance can provide on-scene treatment and air conveyance that can make all the difference in saving a person’s life.

“We need your help!”

As a Charity, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance receives no funding from Central Government or the National Lottery. We rely entirely on your charitable donations and fundraising activities to keep this lifesaving service operational!


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