Good Evening All
This is usually the slot in which I write an article about something that has recently happened in the life of SSBB. However, I have no need this evening as Fay Vaas, a supporter of Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes has kindly written an article (Which will be appearing in her village newsletter) that does the job for me!
BLOOD BIKES LAUNCH
On 22nd January an important new Charity was launched at RAF Cosford, The Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes (SSBB).
This was followed by support from four times World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty and ex British Champion James Whitham, who were in Telford for their “Giving it Gas” tour. They held a raffle for SSBB during the interval and raised £1980, a good start indeed!
So what does SSBB do? Imagine it’s the early hours of the morning and a hospital urgently requires blood (Or other urgent medical item). Hospitals within Shropshire and Staffordshire had little choice but to call a local taxi company to collect and deliver the items. The hospital would then be charged retail rates for this “service”, which could cost between £200-300 per trip! This of course diverts vital funding away from direct patient care within the NHS.
That’s where SSBB will help. They are an Emergency Volunteer Service aiming to provide urgent and emergency transportation of life saving medical supplies to the NHS Foundations across our region. Through the dedication of volunteer staff, they hope to be operational every night of the year.
They received their first call on launch night to transport some urgent microbiology samples from Princess Royal Hospital (Telford) to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the rider (Duncan) was then promptly turned back round to take another package in the opposite direction!
To find out more about this valuable service please see their website www.shropshireandstaffordshirebloodbikes.wordpress.com – look out for them fundraising at local events and please support them if you can.
There really isn’t much for me to add to this other than to say a huge thank you to everyone for attending. Over 100 of our supporters turned up to the launch at the RAF Museum Cosford which was a superb turn out. I would also like to thank the museum and its staff for letting us utilise their exceptional facilities and to Jim Hawkins of BBC Radio Shropshire for hosting the event!
The final total raised that day (Wednesday 22nd January 2014) was £3000! Foggy & Whit raised £1980 during the interval of their “Givin’ it Gas” tour (Which by the way is an amazing evening of entertainment!) and Mr Fogarty himself topped that up to £2000 after stating he would do so at the launch! – Good man!!! The other £1000 was raised by customers at The Scales in Lichfield (£500) and Lichfield Tyre Autocentre (£300) as well as a final £200 from our intrepid Snowdon conquerors. This is a phenomenal amount of money and will really set us up for the coming year.
In addition to this, that evening we received 3 call outs, with Duncan Baker and Andy Wilson becoming the first members of SSBB to conduct a “Blood run”. In actual fact they were transporting microbiological samples between PRH and RSH and did a sterling job, so well done gentlemen, you did the service proud!!!
Thank you once again and lets hope this is merely the start of a long and prosperous journey for all involved with SSBB in support of our local NHS!
If you still haven’t read enough about Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes, check out the full page colour article about us that appeared in the Shropshire Star the same evening!