A RECORD donation has been handed over to the Midlands Air Ambulance to help boost funds for the charity.
Music mad Dan Reddington, who runs Reddington’s Rare Records from a warehouse near Redditch Town Centre, gave 5,000 12-inch singles to the organisation as part of a huge stock clear out which has seen him flog off the majority of his 75,000 strong collection.
The 73-year-old will be closing the doors on his warehouse in Britten Street on Wednesday, January 21, after more than five decades working in the industry.
But with such a vast archive to dispose of, finding new homes for his prized articles has proven to be a mini-mission and Mr Reddington has been selling off records and CDs for as little as 50p.
He decided to donate some of his rare collection to the charity, which will be sold in air ambulance shops, because his niece Jo Bailey works as fund-raising manager for the cause.
Jason Levy, the charity’s fundraising and marketing director, said: “Some of the items Dan had started selling off for £1 are worth hundreds, so it speaks volumes to his generosity that he’s chosen to donate 5,000 to us, and we’re extremely grateful for that.”
Mr Reddington added: “I’m still very passionate about music but now is the right time to wind things down.
“I couldn’t think of a better cause to donate records to than the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and I’m sure there are still one or two real finds to be had – I really hope collectors can support the charity by having a look for that hidden gem.”