Beware of bogus collection company

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WARNINGS have been issued about a bogus company purporting to be collecting clothing for the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

The company is sending out leaflets branded ‘Air Ambulance Service’ asking people to leave out good quality clothing in bags.

They claim the clothes will be sold to raise money for the service and give the impression that the charity is supporting air ambulances on a national basis – but no such charity exists.

The police are trying to find out who is behind the campaign.

Peter Aldrick, chief executive of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (LNAACT), said: “Despite first impressions, these people are not from a registered charity, and they have no connection with any air ambulance service operating within the UK.

“It appears to be a profit-making company trading on the good name of the air ambulance network and diverting the generous support provided by the public for its own benefit.

“This matter has been brought to the attention of the police, Trading Standards, and the Charity Commission.

“Supporters of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance are advised not to support this appeal and to warn others.

“All our clothing collection bags are clearly marked that they are in support of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.”

The leaflets from the mystery air ambulance have been reported by people across Lincolnshire.

The small print on the material being circulated states that ‘photographs of air ambulances are only for display purposes’, and that the ‘Air Ambulance Service is not associated with any local helicopter emergency medical service.’

Anyone who is concerned about the validity of leaflets, clothing bags or letters they have received asking for donations to an air ambulance service, should contact the Lincolnshire office on 01522 548469.