charity issues warning over 'confusing' leaflets
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity has this week warned
residents in Burnham-On-Sea not to be confused by a commercial
company which has been carrying out doorstep collections of clothing,
jewellery, toys and other items.
The company is called Air Ambulance Service (Trading Co Ltd) but
has no official connection with the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
The charity said on Tuesday (July 6th) that it
is not known whether any money raised by the company has ever
been given to an air ambulance charity.
The firm is putting leaflets through people's letterboxes - like
the one pictured here - complete with a photograph of a yellow
helicopter, which is very similar to the one flown by Dorset and
Somerset Air Ambulance.
But the charity's manager, Charlotte Routley, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It is causing distress to people when they later find out
that this is a profit-making commercial company which has nothing
to do with us at all."
"As well as taking away vital funds which could help keep
our Air Ambulance flying over Dorset and Somerset, this companys
activities have even led to people mistakenly complaining to us
about receiving frequent requests to donate items."
"We would like to make it absolutely clear to residents in
Dorset and Somerset that our charity does not collect anything
"Instead, we work with our recycling partner Bag It Up Ltd,
which has recycling banks in easily accessible locations all over
Dorset and Somerset where people can take the items they want
"The only people who are likely to knock on somebodys
door on behalf of the DSAA are our Flight for Life Lottery fundraisers,
who will carry official identification but will never accept any
money on the doorstep."
She added that the charity relies solely on donations from the
public to raise the £3,800 a day it needs to keep its life-saving
above is one of the leaflets being used by Air Ambulance Service
(Trading Co Ltd)