Thanks to our fantastic partners at Virgin Red, you can now support Air Ambulances UK with Virgin’s rewards programme when you travel by train to see family and friends this Christmas.

You can earn up to three Virgin Points for every £1 spent on train tickets with Virgin Trains Ticketing – and this December, Virgin Red will spread some Christmas cheer by matching all points earned on your train tickets, by gifting the match points to its charity partners, including Air Ambulances UK.

The funds raised will help towards providing vital lifesaving drugs and equipment such as blood transfusion equipment, open heart surgery packs and ventilators for air ambulance charities, enabling them to save even more lives and continually improve patient outcomes every day across the UK.

Andrea Burchett, International and Strategic Development Director at Virgin Red, said:

“Travelling by train this Christmas really is rewarding with Virgin Red – not only will members receive points which they could use for a little Christmas treat for themselves, they’re also helping those less fortunate as Virgin Red matches and donates the Virgin Points earned from train tickets to its 13 charity partners.

“If it wasn’t enough reason to reconnect with our friends and family, earning points for every ticket bought and seeing those points matched and donated to charity, really means there has never been a better time to travel by train!”

Simmy Akhtar, Chief Executive Officer of Air Ambulances UK, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people who are travelling by train at Christmas to support the lifesaving work of air ambulance charities across the UK.  No-one knows when they or a loved might need the skills of our lifesaving crews who are on standby 365 days a year should the worst happen, including throughout the festivities. We are so incredibly grateful to Virgin Red for their generous support during this period which will help save lives, keeping families and loved ones together during the holidays and every day of the year.”

For more details visit or download the Virgin Red app on your smartphone.