Look out for rogue ambulance charity bags

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A NATIONAL air ambulance service is warning potential donors of rogue collectors posing as a charity.

The Air Ambulance Service said it is concerned vital income could be lost, as a charity called Air Ambulance Service is sending out leaflets, asking for donations.

TAAS is an umbrella organisation, and includes The Children’s Air Ambulance.

As previously reported, the service was used to fly home Dominic Fuller from Grimsby to Portsmouth, when he was born two months early in October.

TAAS chief executive Andy Williamson said: ‘Christmas donations of money and clothing are crucial to our service and yet we now have to worry that criminals are distributing bogus bags that try to fool people into thinking they are giving to us when they are not.

‘As a charity, we are extremely concerned this will affect our legitimate collections.

‘We would encourage everyone to please check the bags and make sure they support a true air ambulance charity.

To find out more, call 08454 130999.