“They say they will be raising money for us, but the first thing we knew about it was when a member of the public phoned us about it,” she said.
She said Devon Air Ambulance Trust already had nine clearly branded shops and was uncomfortable about being associated with the Holsworthy Air Ambulance Trust shop.
“The last thing we want is someone setting up something purporting to be a charity shop that is completely out of our control and is potentially misrepresenting us to the public,” she said. “It could be entirely well-meaning, but they have gone about it in the wrong way.”
Holt decided not to telephone the shop’s owner, but instead contacted the trading standards department of her local authority, following advice from the Charity Commission.
“If we were to accept any donations I would want some clear assurances it was properly audited. There are too many question marks.”
Third Sector was unable to contact the Holsworthy Air Ambulance Trust shop.