The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Picture by Robin Crossley.
PEOPLE on the Isle of Wight have complained they felt misled after donating to a Midlands-based air ambulance charity when they thought they were supporting the Hampshire and Isle of Wight service.
An organisation called Air Ambulance Service, based in Coventry and unconnected to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), has recently posted collection bags through letter boxes across the two counties.
This has led to confusion for some residents, according to John Perry, chief executive officer of HIOWAA.
He said: "Sadly, we have received complaints from residents about these collecting bags.
"People are enormously generous, so when they realised they were inadvertently giving their textiles to another organisation, rather than to HIOWAA, they were very cross and felt misled.
"We’ve had many reports of these bags being distributed and we would like to alert the people of both counties to make sure donations intended for the local air ambulance are not accidentally given to anyone else.
"I want to advise people that HIOWAA does not send leaflets through letter boxes, nor do we deliver collection bags."
A spokesman for the Air Ambulance Service said its collection bags and other materials were clearly marked, showing they supported Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Derbyshire Leicester and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Children’s Air Ambulance.
People wishing to donate items to HIOWAA are advised to place them into one of the charity’s distinctive yellow recycling banks.
For details of your nearest recycling point contact the HIOWAA office on 02380 333377. If you have a very large amount of textiles, arrangements can be made for their collection.