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Children’s Air Ambulance closes Abingdon store

Children’s Air Ambulance closes Abingdon store

The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) is encouraging its loyal Oxfordshire shoppers to continue supporting the vital service after closing the doors to its charity store in Abingdon.

The national Children’s Air Ambulance charity – based in Oxford – is a lifesaving transfer service which provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and neonatal treatment centres.

The charity – which covers the entire UK – works closely with 11 NHS Clinical Partner Teams across the country, such as the Southampton Oxford Neonatal Transport team (SONeT) and the Southampton Oxford Retrieval Team (SORT).

The boutique store located on Abingdon’s High Street – which provides vital income for the charity – will be closing its doors this Thursday 06 October.

“We’d like to thank our loyal customers for their support at our Abingdon store. Although we have had to close this store, it’s not the end for the charity and we welcome all our shoppers to visit our store in Headington,” said TCAA Retail Area Manager, Jayne Botfield.

“Alternatively, people can still support the charity through shopping or donating via the website,” she added.

The charity receives no funding from the government or National Lottery for its missions and relies entirely on voluntary donations to raise the £3,500 needed for every mission.

Since the store opened in 2018, total sales have generated over £313,000 which equates to nearly 90 potentially lifesaving transfer missions. It has also received over 13,000 bags of donated goods.

To find your nearest TCAA store, click here.