TVAA returns to centre stage at Towersey Festival

Towersey meets TVAA, 2017

Towersey Festival is pleased to announce that Thames Valley Air Ambulance is set to be its charity partner, for the second consecutive year.

One of the UK’s longest running music festivals, the annual Oxfordshire event takes place from Friday 25 to Monday 28 August 2017, and this year sees appearances from KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Show Of Hands, Eliza Carthy and Lindisfarne.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) is the dedicated air ambulance service for the region, and will be the sole charity partner for the four-day event.

TVAA’s helicopter attends on average three incidents a day, where the elite team on board can perform Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, including inducing patients into a coma; open heart surgery and treating for major trauma.

The service is now additionally enhanced by an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), crewed in the same way and carrying on board high level equipment such as an automatic chest compressor; blood and plasma and an automated external defibrillator.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap, who visited a TVAA crew at RAF Benson, said: “We’re pleased to be able to continue to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance with their life-saving work across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

“We’d like to thank all the Towersey-goers who gave generously last year, and encourage all attending the festival over the August Bank Holiday this year to find out about TVAA’s invaluable work.”

Ruth Dunkin, Senior Fundraising Manager for TVAA, said: “We are delighted to be supported by Towersey Festival in 2017, and have some exciting plans which will be revealed nearer the time.”

Towersey Festival runs from Friday 25 to Monday 28 August 2017 at Thame Showground, Thame, Oxfordshire. Over 100 acts will be appearing across a dozen stages. There’s also street theatre, workshops for all ages, real ale and cider, gourmet street food, films, spoken word, comedy and dedicated events for children, young people and families.

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About Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) has evolved into one of the UK’s leading air ambulance charities and is pushing the boundaries of medical intervention, helicopter aviation and on-scene patient care to deliver a unique life-saving service to patients, where and when it is most needed.

TVAA’s doctor and paramedic crews are able to deliver an advanced level of critical care to stabilise patients, identify their medical needs and get them to the most appropriate hospital for specialist care in the shortest time possible.

Medical innovations on board have advanced from basic medical kits to a full range of life-saving equipment. TVAA was the first air ambulance in the UK to carry a hospital standard blood analysis machine, vital for speeding up diagnosis and helping to shave off valuable seconds in the golden hour.

The service is supported by the communities of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire and it is thanks to their generosity that we can continue to develop and improve our life-saving capabilities.

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About Towersey Festival

Established in 1965 and situated close to Thame, between Aylesbury, Oxford and High Wycombe, Towersey Festival is one of the UK’s longest running independent music festivals. Over the last 50-plus years it’s played host to some of the biggest names in acoustic, roots and folk music, and is famed for its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Photo Caption: (Left to Right) TVAA paramedic Lisa Brown, pilot Marcus Doyle, Towersey Festival volunteer Simon Diegan and Joe Heap (Towersey Festival Director), and TVAA doctor Rich Kaye.

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