After four years of investigations into a Charity Shop in Walton-on-the-Naze; Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is delighted to confirm the closure of the Charity Shop and that the proprietor Nigel Philpott-Jones has pleaded guilty of fraud by false misrepresentation. His official sentencing has taken place today at Chelmsford Crown Court and Mr Philpott-Jones has been issued with a 6 month custodial sentence and a Serious Crime Prevention Order for 5 years. After ongoing investigations culminating in today’s court case EHAAT is delighted to have reached a satisfactory conclusion.
The investigation, which involved Essex Police, Trading Standards and the Charity Commission started back in 2008 when the Charity became aware that the shop had opened using Air Ambulance branding. No funds, other than £5.92 from one collection tin seized by Essex Police, have ever been received by EHAAT or the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA). The AAA have also worked closely with EHAAT to ensure the matter was successfully brought to a conclusion.
Jane Gurney, CEO of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said: “Following what has been a long and difficult process, I am really pleased that we have ended up with the right result. However, we are very sad that even though over the years many people have supported the shop in good faith, the Charity has not benefitted from their generosity. Myself and the team worked tirelessly with Trading Standards and Essex Police to bring this to a close as quickly as we could. I would like to personally thank on behalf of the Trust; Essex Police, Trading Standards and the Crown Prosecution Service for their hard work in driving this to a successful conclusion.”
It costs in the region of £380,000 every month to cover all charitable costs and aircraft operations for both Essex and Herts Air Ambulances. EHAAT receives no direct government fundng and relies on the generosity and support of the people and busineses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational.
The Charity’s ‘official’ shops in Burnham-on-Crouch, Leigh-on-Sea, Brightlingsea and West Mersea have raised over £400,000 over the years…an amazing amount of money. We would like to thank everybody across the counties who continue to support us enabling our life-saving aircraft to keep flying and saving lives.
- Tanis receives STC for MD902 Preheat System
- Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 670 missions with two MD902s in 2017
- CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance confirms sale of 2 MD902 Helicopters
- Hungarian Police introduce MD902 fleet bought pre-owned from Germany
- Busiest Day in the Year for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance
- Londons Air Ambulance wins Pride of Britain Award
- London Air Ambulance boss quits
- Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue
- JSSI increases helicopter coverage
- Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers
- Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar
- Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels
- Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance
- Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines
- Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169
- Universal Avionics flies MD902 with InSight Integrated Flight Deck
- Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145
- UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned