Ambulance charity scam leaflet warning

Graham Dawson, finance manager of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, holds one of the scam leaflets
Graham Dawson, finance manager of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, holds one of the scam leaflets

BASSETLAW residents are being warned about scam leaflets.

The leaflets, branded ‘Air Ambulance Service’, ask people to leave good-quality clothing in bags.

They claim the clothes will be sold to raise money for the service but no such charity exists.

Peter Aldrick, chief executive of the Lincolnshire and Notts Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (LNAACT), said the police are currently investigating who is behind the campaign.

“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,” he said.

“This matter has been brought to the attention of the Police, Trading Standards, and the Charity Commission. Supporters of the Lincolnshire & Notts Air Ambulance are advised not to support this appeal and to warn others about this matter. All our own clothing collection bags are clearly marked that they are in support of the Lincolnshire and Notts Air Ambulance – your local air ambulance service.”

Have you received one of these leaflets? Let us know by emailing newsroom@worksop-guardian.co.uk or call us on 01909 500500.