Thames Valley Air Ambulance received a generous donation from Berkshire Freemasons

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L to R: Anthony Howlett-Bolton, Provincial Grand Master, and David Jarvis, Provincial Grand Almoner, presenting the donation certificate to Amanda Collins and Neil Harman of Thames Valley Air Ambulance

A charity providing life-saving support has received a cash donation of nearly £10,000.  This huge sum was gathered through a series of contributions from Berkshire Freemasons and given to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance in January 2019.

The bulk of the funds were from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Berkshire Masonic Foundation whilst further funds were being provided by individual lodges in Berkshire.

Anthony Howlett-Bolton, the Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire said: “We are thrilled to continue supporting the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Thanks to the tireless efforts of their doctors, paramedics and pilots, many lives of people in the Thames Valley are saved every year.”

Freemasons are very large contributors to the air ambulance charities; Berkshire Freemasons have contributed over £75,000 in the last ten years.  Nationally, the contributions are in excess of £2 million.

TVAA operates across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire providing frontline emergency car using four rapid response vehicles and one air ambulance.

Neil Harman, Director of Fundraising for TVAA added: “we are very grateful Berkshire Freemasons for their continuing generosity.  Without support like this our crew would not be able to provide advance critical care and our life-saving work could not continue.”

Anthony Howlett-Bolton (r) and David Jarvis (l) testing the pulse of the specialist dummy in the Thames Valley Air Ambulance simulation suite
Anthony Howlett-Bolton and David Jarvis receive a demonstration of the specialist blood transport packs that the donations are supporting

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