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Bogus door-knockers claim to be collecting for the Yorkshire Ambulance Air

Air Ambulance

4:21pm 18th November 2010

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance have been victims to bogus ‘door knockers’ around the Welburn area of North Yorkshire recently.  The charity would like to clearly clarify that they never send any staff or volunteers ‘door knocking’. 

The charity are working to try and raise awareness of these bogus door knockers in Yorkshire so no more unsuspecting residents fall victim to this scam.

Paul Gowland, Director of Fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance commented:

“We have been made aware recently that people are circulating around Welburn and the surrounding areas asking people for donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, including asking for cash and signing them up to Direct Debits on residents doorsteps for our lottery scheme.  The charity would like to clarify that they have never used this tactic to fundraise.  These people are not official YAA representatives and we strongly advise residents not to give out any of their personal details nor hand over any cash”.

“We would however, like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters in the area who have continued to support our life-saving charity and made us aware of these bogus people.”

The YAA were contacted by a number of residents from Welburn, informing of a gentleman canvassing in the village on the evening of the 17th November.  We can confirm this gentleman was not a representative of the YAA.

All official volunteers and staff of the YAA carry authentic I.D badges which can be easily clarified with the charity office.

Anyone who is approached by someone claiming to be from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance should contact the charity office on 01422 237900.

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