Local clothes collection service helps raise £250,000 for Air Ambulance

Bag It Up, one of the UK’s leading recycling partners, is pleased to announce it has helped raise over £250,000 for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance service in under three years. The company, which is the official recycling partner of a significant number of the UK’s Air Ambulance charities has already generated – since being launched only 6 years ago – over £4 million for its partner charities. All the charities the company works with support local communities.

Bag It Up’s distinctive clothing banks can be found in locations across the counties whole of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Otherwise known as Air Ambulance BOB – ‘BOB’ being an acronym for the counties this service represents – the service’s helicopter is crewed by one Pilot, Doctor and Paramedic, or two Paramedics. Since being established in 1999, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance has been called out to over 13,800 missions.

Commenting on reaching this significant milestone Sarah Williamson, Fundraising Manager, speaking on behalf of the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, said “The funds raised through textile recycling will go a long way in helping to maintain this lifesaving service. Like all Air Ambulance services across the UK, BOB is an independent charitable trust and receives no funding from Central Government or the National Lottery. The organisation relies entirely on charitable donations, sponsorship and fundraising activities to keep the service operational.”

Wendy Yarney from Bag It Up said: “Textile recycling is an affordable way for many to make a charitable contribution to a local worthwhile cause, like their local Air Ambulance. By choosing to recycle unwanted garments, people can support the Air Ambulance whilst also reducing the impact on the environment. All monies raised from the Air Ambulance BOB textile recycling bags will directly fund the Air Ambulance and benefit the local community.”


About Bag It Up:

Established in 2005, Bag It Up collects and recycles unwanted clothing, shoes, household textiles and mobile phones, generating vital income streams for its charity partners, be it life-saving missions by air ambulance, new wheelchairs to help children become more independent, or support for children with life limiting conditions and their families. Donations of unwanted items have helped local charities across many regions. Bag It Up encourages people to clear out their wardrobe and donate to deserving local charities helping people across the country. For more information about Bag It Up visit www.bagitup.org.uk

About the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA)

TVACAA, launched in June 1999, provides a life-saving service for Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust is a charity which receives no funding from Central Government or the National Lottery, but relies entirely on sponsorship, donations and fundraising activities to meet the annual running costs of TVACAA.

The Air Ambulance is a Eurocopter EC135 based at RAF Benson, South Oxfordshire.  Crewed by one pilot, Doctor and Paramedic or two Paramedics.  The aircraft attends both trauma and medical emergencies.

The helicopter is operated in daylight hours and is on call seven days a week. The value of the Air Ambulance is in being able to bring the benefits of rapid Paramedic intervention to a medical situation in order to give primary care and then airlift patients, if required, to the most appropriate hospital within the Golden Hour.

The helicopter has flown over 13,800 missions since its inception.

Further information is available by visiting www.tvacaa.org

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