Warning over ‘charity’ raffle ticket sales

THE Air Ambulance Service is warning members of the public to be aware of people fraudulently making money by claiming to be the Charity.

It comes after a group of people, wearing hi-visibility jackets, were believed to be selling raffle tickets at The Bakewell Show, falsely claiming that the proceeds would go to an Air Ambulance charity.

TAAS Fundraising Manager, David Reeves, said: “Unfortunately there are some people who attempt to make money by impersonating a charity.

“We can confirm that we were not holding a raffle at The Bakewell Show, and the raffle tickets that were sold were fraudulent.

“If people are in any doubt over whether collectors claiming to be from The Air Ambulance Service are genuine, they can ask to see their ID badges which all of our fundraisers carry.

“Our fundraisers also wear branded clothing so that they can be easily recognised as being genuinely raising money for the Charity.

“The Police have been informed of this incident.”

Bakewell Show was still a great success for the Charity with volunteers raising over £900 thanks to generous donations from members of the public.

If you would like to find out more about TAAS, who operate the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance,

visit http://www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/