A voluntary group from the North West who work in the community to provide a free, out of hours service delivering lifesaving items to the NHS has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and the equivalent of the M.B.E.
North West Blood Bikes (Lancs & Lakes) provide a free but professional voluntary out of hours transport service to the local NHS hospitals (including Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust) by carrying urgent and emergency blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment; in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle, between hospitals that is urgently required.
Volunteers are needed – almost 300 volunteers are members of the charity with varying roles: riders who are out making the deliveries, controllers who receive the calls from the hospitals and look after the riders while they are on the road. Fundraisers are a vital part of the charity, without them there would not be the funds to keep going. There are also many volunteers who do a lot behind the scenes and keep the charity running smoothly. Everyone provides this service for free and asks for nothing in return.
For more information or to become a volunteer for North West Blood Bikes (Lancs & Lakes) visit www.nwbb-lancs.org