When walking the dog could save a life: community critical care charity launches new event

    Image: Tracey Alden, Critical Care Paramedic for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, and Benji

    With many of us getting new four-legged friends during lockdown, Thames Valley Air Ambulance is encouraging dog owners to give their doggies a dream day out and raise vital funds at the same time.

    Top of the Pups Goes Walkies is taking place on 22nd August in Britwell Salome, Oxfordshire, and will be fantastic fun for families and their canine companions. With routes of 5km and 10km, walkers will have the chance to enjoy a post-stroll picnic in beautiful private gardens on their return.

    For Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s hardworking crew, who are currently experiencing a summer spike in call outs combined with working in full PPE during high temperatures, a way to decompress in their downtime has never been more important.

    Tracey Alden, Critical Care Paramedic for the charity, knows the importance of looking out for her teammates. The close-knit crew all support each other and Tracey, as a trained Trauma Risk Management Practitioner, helps colleagues chat through some of the intense scenarios they find themselves in. Another important way crew members unwind is by getting active.

    Tracey explains:

    ‘In our job, we are called out to the most serious incidents. Coming home after a tough shift when you’re mentally and physically drained, it can be tempting to head straight for the sofa. But getting out on a dog walk does wonders for your wellbeing, with fresh air and the chance to de-stress.

    ‘This new event is a is a great chance to give both your physical and mental health a boost, while helping a lifesaving local charity at the same time. Every ticket sold will help us protect our community – walking the dog really could save a life.’

    To get your advance ticket, visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk/totp

    To find out more or to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance, visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk or call 0300 999 0135.

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