Good Evening All
Thanks to Helen B for making us aware of this. SSBB were in the Staffordshire Newsletter this week, and will be in again next week, following our attendance at the Market Square this weekend! The following text was taken directly from the Staffordshire Newsletter website here.
LIFE-SAVING Blood Bikers are holding a display in Stafford’s Market Square on Saturday to spotlight their vital work for local hospitals.
The Staffordshire and Shropshire Blood Bikes charity only launched in January 2014 but is already delivering blood and other vital medical supplies to hospitals across the region including Stafford’s County Hospital and the Royal Stoke Hospital.
Local Blood Bikes controller and trainer Helen Bundy, from Gnosall, said bikers can get through the traffic quicker than a conventional vehicle and are able to transport anything from blood to medical test samples and donated breast milk, as well as medical equipment.
“We provide free, out of hours urgent transport,” she explained.
“Without blood bikes, a taxi or courier would be called at a charge of anything between £50 and £250.
“The bikers are all volunteers giving time freely for what they believe is becoming a valued and necessary service for our communities.”
The Riders are all advanced motorcyclists and the controllers are trained to dispatch riders within minutes, day or night, following a request for assistance.
Riders have to obey traffic regulations but expert handling of a motorbike allows them to negotiate through traffic efficiently and save vital minutes.
The Blood Bikes team and their equipment will be in the Market Square from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.
There will also be mini moto blood bikes for children to sit on.