VINTAGE items are going under the hammer to ensure critically ill people get the help they need quickly.

The North West Air Ambulance has its own eBay account which it needs to ensure it can continue to keep the medi-copter in the skies.

It sells a whole host of quirky and vintage items – raising a staggering £135,000 last year through the online auction site.

As the charity which operates the air ambulance receives no Government or NHS funding, one of the ways that supporters can help them raise the vital £9.5 million that they need to remain operational each year is to visit one of the charity’s high street stores or online platforms.

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Stephen Griffiths, online sales supervisor at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We receive no government or NHS funding, and a typical mission costs £3,500.

"The donation of quality pre-loved items by our supporters, and the purchase of those items online or from our retail stores, all helps us raise the vital funds that we need to keep our lifesaving service flying to save lives.”

The charity began selling items online on eBay in 2019 and have built up a well-respected reputation as a trusted seller.

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Supporters can also purchase a range of merchandise and a range of Christmas goods during the festive season.

A spokesperson for North West Air Ambulance said: "The majority of the items we sell online are donations from our loyal supporters who’ve either donated to one of our shops or our donation centre in Speke.

"Each week our shop managers and assistants select the most appropriate items for sale online and these are brought over to Speke by our logistics driving team where they’re then tested, researched, photographed and listed onto one of our platforms.

"In the last financial year, the charity brought in just over £135,000 through online sales."

Items on sale range from clothes, to trolls, to Toby jugs and so much more.

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