Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Celebrates Ebay’s Most Successful Seller

Internet giant, eBay has announced Midlands Air Ambulance Charity volunteer, Lynne Beckett from Stourport on Severn in Worcestershire, is eBay for Charity’s top individual charity seller, having raised a milestone £100,000 for the life saving charity.

To recognise Lynne’s incredible achievement over the past five years, the eBay for Charity team invited Lynne to the company’s head office in London, where she was presented with her award and given a guided tour of the offices.

On receiving the accolade, Lynne said: “I have been overwhelmed by the praise from eBay for Charity and really enjoyed my experience in London. I’ve accepted the award on behalf of everyone who has donated or purchased items from my eBay site, as without them I wouldn’t have achieved the £100,000 total for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. I’d also like to thank my husband and parents for their assistance, as together we’ve packaged and distributed over 35,000 items, and it’s been a real team effort.”

Lynne added: “I decided to become a volunteer fundraiser for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as I previously worked as a theatre nurse at Kidderminster & Redditch Hospitals and often helped to treat patients who had been airlifted, know all too well the invaluable work undertaken by the flight paramedics and doctors.”

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “Lynne’s commitment is second to none, and we are proud and privileged to have her support. Not only does she fundraise in her own time, but her efforts have helped to fund dozens of invaluable life saving air ambulance missions, so on behalf of the charity, our patients and their families, I would like to thank Lynne for all she has done and congratulate her on her well deserved award.”

Julia Hutton-Potts, communications director for eBay, added: “We are thrilled to celebrate Lynne’s fantastic achievement.  Her endless passion for fundraising is at the heart of eBay for Charity. We aim to make it simple for eBay and PayPal users to give to good causes quickly and easily. To date the programme has raised nearly £80 million for over 9,000 charities.  Lynne is a true inspiration and we look forward to celebrating her next fundraising milestone together.”

If you would like donate items to Lynne for sale on eBay, please contact Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on 0800 8 40 20 40 and Lynne’s eBay items can be found here: www.ebay.co.uk/sch/charityseller2009/m.html.       

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.