One man's junk raises £50k for MAA!

The saying ‘one man’s junk is another mans treasure’ is a motto for life for one internet fundraiser who celebrated her third fundraising birthday by hitting her £50,000 target.

Lynne Beckett has been selling on internet auction site Ebay since 2009 and the bidding is so successful she has to regularly appeal for more stock.

The internet savvy fundraiser has raised a whopping £50,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. She was named volunteer of the year in November 2011, receiving a certificate of recognition for her fundraising achievements and celebrated her third fundraising anniversary on July 16th.

As a medically retired theatre nurse, Lynne wanted to raise funds for a charity that helps in medical emergencies. Lynne feels very proud to have received a certificate for her incredible hard work and thanked her family for their help. She said; “It has taken a lot of hard work - some days I am online for 18 hours. Without the support of my husband and my parents, I would not have been able to raise the amount of money I have.”

She has sold some unusual items over the years, including a toilet seat and a World War 2 gas mask! Her favourite item was a huge fish tank. Lynne said; “It took six strong men to carry it from the donation house into a van, and it sold for £300."

She added; "The best-selling items are toys, children’s clothes and craft pieces. I spend hours each day, cleaning, testing, adding batteries and checking these items.”

Lynne has a team of happy helpers who complete and check jigsaws to sell, and there are a number of local companies who donate packaging and printer inks to make her fundraising possible.

The auction fundraiser has no plans to stop selling and urges other supporters to visit her EBay charity shop. She said; “The full amount of each winning bid goes to MAA, please visit charityseller2009 to see what I have for sale.”

She added; “I will sell anything in good condition but sadly I can’t sell furniture, electrical items or adult clothes.”

If people have items they would like Lynne to sell on behalf of the charity, call her directly on 01299 829 719 or Charity Head Office on 0800 8 40 20 40.

Happy bidding!

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Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.