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Walking with Donkeys!

Annie and Wiz Clift, two sisters from North Wales, have raised a total of £923.61 for MAAC.

The siblings decided to embark on a rather unusual two week fundraising challenge. Annie and Wiz decided to walk from Wiz’s home in Llangernyw to Annie’s pub ‘The Talbot’ in Worcestershire – a staggering 176 miles!

Despite the incredible distance, you may be thinking a walking challenge is not very unusual. However, these sisters were accompanied on their travels by three donkeys!

Annie Clift told Take Off; “Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is one of the charities we would like to support, along with the Welsh Air Ambulance. Both my sister and I are passionate about the countryside and its traditions - including donkeys so we thought what a perfect combination and great way to raise money for vital causes!”

They set up an online donation page and also managed to collect money on route. In total the pair raised £5131.93 for various charities. For more information about walking with donkeys, visit

Going, going, gone!

The saying ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ is a motto for life for one internet fundraiser who celebrated her third fundraising birthday by hitting a £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, receiving a certifi cate 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 the certifi cate for her work, thanking 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, however, was a huge fi sh tank: “it took 6 strong men to carry it from the donation house into a van, and it sold for £300”

“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.” She 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 support the cause and make her fundraising possible.

Lynne has no plans to stop and urges other supporters to visit her EBay charity shop. She said; “The full amount of the winning bid goes to MAA, please visit charityseller2009 and 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 Offi ce on 0800 8 40 20 40 Happy bidding!


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