After holding various fundraising events at Reading depot to raise money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, two of the team made a flying visit earlier this month to RAF Benson to present the cheque and meet some of the crew.
Thames Valley Air Ambulance delivers frontline treatment that would normally only be available in a hospital by taking advanced medical care and expertise to a patient. They rely entirely on donations from organisations, the local community, corporate funding, the Air Ambulance Lottery, hospital charity collections and wills.
Glynis Sexton, Stock and Transport Manager, and Peter Merrison, Site Excellence Manager, were thrilled to be delivering the cheque for such a worthwhile cause, with Peter commenting: “The service they provide is first class and the crew are amazing. They provide everything that would be in the A&E department so they can treat any trauma or life threatening injuries. As quoted by one of the crew, it’s the same as if you were treating in a war zone… same principle and treatment.”
Upon arrival, Glynis and Peter were met by Bekki James, Corporate Fundraising Manager, and introduced to the crew. They were then given a quick tour and explanation about the helicopter and what each crew member does. This part of the visit was cut short due to an emergency call out – the crew were quick to respond, and were in the air within 10 minutes.
During discussions about how the Air Ambulance is funded, they found out it costs £2,500 just to take off, and £3.5 million to fund the entire operation for a year!
Bekki James from Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: “We were thrilled to be working with Bidfood Reading. Not only have they fundraised for us but they have supported us with in-kind donations for our crew. Their generosity has helped us to deliver advanced care to people in a medical emergency night and day, 365 days a year. Our pilots, paramedics and doctors work together, at the frontline of saving lives. Every day, anyone in our community could be in urgent need of our services. When the worst happens, our medical teams give patients the best chance. Thank you Bidfood for your support, we couldn’t do it without you.”
Reading depot will continue to fundraise for the cause, with the next major event being the Reading Depot Family Fun Day on Saturday 16th June.