Arson attack destroys donations to Great Western Air Ambulance

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:37 18 August 2017

Arsonists targetted a clothes donation bank for Great Western Air Ambulance.

Arsonists targetted a clothes donation bank for Great Western Air Ambulance.


A ‘devastating’ arson attack in Pill has destroyed donations meant to support Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC).

An arson attack was carried out on a textile recycling bank outside The Resource Centre on July 31, and the charity has today (Friday) put out an appeal for donations.

The donation bank was purposefully set on fire and while firefighters managed to bring it under control, many of the clothes inside it were destroyed.

Now GWAAC has issued an appeal for people to donate new items for it to sell.

The charity’s head of fundraising and marketing Emma Carter said: “We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital lifesaving work and so it’s been devastating for us that an act of vandalism has destroyed donations from our supporters.

“We are calling on people to support us with their textiles donations to make up for this loss so please donate whatever you can at your nearest bank to help us to continue to save lives across our region. “

Contract manager for the BIU group, which is responsible for managing GWAAC’s recycling banks, Carrie Smith added: “Thankfully, although extremely frustrating, arson attacks are a rare occurrence in our recycling banks and residents in North Somerset are very generous in the amount of unwanted clothing and textiles they donate to support GWWAC.

“We will be replacing the bank at The Resource Centre as soon as we can but in the meantime, people can find their nearest donation point by using our bank locator app on our website via

“We are also able to provide a collection service from businesses and households if you have a large number of bags to donate or are unable to access a bank nearby.”

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