Thames Valley Air Ambulance reached a significant milestone earlier this week.

The charity treated its 10,000th patient since becoming an independent healthcare provider in 2018.

It provides lifesaving care to critically ill and injured members of the community.

The crews, made up of paramedics and doctors, use advanced equipment and drugs to bring the hospital to the patient.

The air ambulance, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has responded to almost 35,000 call-outs in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire since its inception in 1999.

This equates to more than three times the population of Henley. 

Chief executive officer at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Amanda McLean, said: "We mark milestones like this with mixed emotions.

"We're proud to be reaching more patients than ever before, bringing them hospital-level care when they need it the most.

"But we also know that behind every statistic on our database is a real person, with family and friends who love them.

"We know the ripple effects of a traumatic incident can reach far and wide.

"That’s why we also offer an aftercare service, which guides patients and their loved ones as they negotiate the journey after a life-changing event.

"Both the care we deliver at the scene and the support we offer long afterwards are funded solely by our community.

"It's your generous donations that have allowed us to be there for these 35,000 people in their time of need."