Good Morning All
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a volunteer for SSBB? Well Sandy H has written a recent account which might help to explain this, and why our work is so important to the hospitals we serve.
It started as a quiet Monday morning, for duty controller Sandy H, but it was not to last.
Duty rider Chris P was dispatched but, whilst he was en route to collect his mount from the bike shed, a further call from Stoke was received adding another two packages for the Woman’s Hospital and the University Medical School!
Having managed to store everything safely on the bike Chris P headed for Birmingham. As Chris was delivering the last of his packages in and around Birmingham a call was received from Burton QE requiring a package to be collected from NBTS and returned to Burton. Rider Ben W was tasked and set off for Birmingham.
Having collected his package and returned to Burton he was re-tasked by Burton to return to Birmingham to take an urgent sample to NBTS and collect an additional package back to Burton! It was 18:00hrs before he returned home.
Meanwhile Chris P was making his way back to Stoke to drop off the service bike, including a well deserved stop for food, eventually getting home at 16:20hrs.
A previously planned ‘Test Run’ from the Chester Milk Bank to Stoke was undertaken by rider Don W. Before the planned departure the ‘Test’ was made into a ‘Live’ run as Stoke required a litre of milk urgently. An RTC on the A51 required Don to make a cross country detour to get to Chester delaying him by over 30min. Don eventually completed his task at 21:30hrs.
During the above I gratefully handed over to the evening controller, Cath P who completed the job.
3 riders, 2 controllers, 5 journeys, 9 deliveries. Phew! Team work at it’s best!