The Thames Valley Air Ambulance is flying high thanks to a donation of more than £55,000 from a housing developer.

As Berkshire-based David Wilson Homes' charity of the year, Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been presented with a cheque for £55,429.53 following 12 months of fundraising.

Based in Stokenchurch, Thames Valley Air Ambulance brings the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to the scene of an emergency.

In December 2019 alone, the medical team was called out 247 times and advanced medical care was delivered to 142 patients – over 30 per cent of which had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Samantha Collier, corporate partnerships manager at the TVAA, was invited to David Wilson Homes’ Croft Gardens development in Reading to receive the cheque.

She said: “We are truly humbled by the support we have received from David Wilson Homes who have been an absolute pleasure to partner with. On behalf of everyone at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, we would like to thank them for their generosity and kindness.

“This donation will help to ensure that our paramedics and doctors are there when the worst happens, delivering emergency medical care at the scene of the incident across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.”

Employees at David Wilson Homes Southern have been working hard to raise the vital funds throughout the year with dress down days and various in-house raffles, with the main event being a sports dinner at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

This total amount raised includes a £15,000 donation by parent company Barratt Developments.

Paul Crispin, managing director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have managed to raise over £55,000 for our charity of the year, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

“As a leading housebuilder we understand the importance of supporting charities and communities and strive to give back wherever we can. It is a pleasure to be able to support the vital work being carried out by the charity and the work they do is very admirable.

“The TVAA was chosen as our charity of the year in January and since then our staff have been working to raise funds for the cause, with a sports charity dinner being the final event towards the end of 2019.”

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