Coventry & Warwickshire

BBC Coventry urges checks on air ambulance charity bags

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Image caption The air ambulance is entirely funded by public donations

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Annie Othen Show is supporting a campaign to raise awareness about miselading collection bags left on doorsteps in the two counties.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance charity collects unwanted clothing which it sells to raise funds.

However, it is concerned it may be receiving fewer clothing donations than normal because of possible confusion about which organisation people are giving to.

The charity relies entirely on donations to fund its emergency service transporting patients to hospital and carrying doctors and consultants to the scene of incidents.

In the past 12 months, the charity said it had been made aware of up to four companies that used collection bags that were very similar in appearance to its own.

Fundraising impact

"We need to raise £1.7m per year and each and every funding stream is vital for us to reach this target," a spokesman said.

The Annie Othen Show and the charity are joining forces to urge people to check the small print on any donation bags delivered through their letter box.

Some bags are from companies whose name and logo appear to relate to helicopters but which in the small print state that they are not associated with the local air ambulance charity.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire has tried to contact the companies behind the bags but has not had any response.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance said the commercial bags had nothing to do with them and they did not receive any money from these collections.

The Annie Othen Show is asking listeners to send in their unused charity bags. In return, we can send you a genuine Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Bag, so you can be sure your donations benefit the charity.

Send empty charity bags to:

Sacks of Shame

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Priory Place

Coventry

CV1 5SQ

Please include your name and location.

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