Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes have been supporting the community nursing team around the East Staffordshire area since August 2016, with sample collections from the homes of terminally ill children.
By collecting samples directly from the patient’s home and delivering it to hospital to be tested, the amount of hospital visits which can often be lengthy and stressful are greatly reduced. Improving patient care and giving families more time to spend together doing the nicer things.
We supported Imogen Evans from Uttoxeter with such deliveries, as she had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. On the 22nd September we sent a rider, at the request of the nursing team leader to collect a sample from Imogen’s home as normal. But she sadly passed away while the community nurse was with her. Imogen was just 10 years old.
In the weeks following Imogen’s death, some like minded local residents including SSBB rider Phil H got together, to talk about how they could do something in Imogen’s name. And they discovered “The Big Heath Local” a lottery funded charity, which gives money to local good causes around Uttoxeter.
An application was submitted and we were invited along to give a presentation about our charity, and how our “project” would help local people.
Our team of Lynne S, Steve H, Phil S and Phil H, gave a 20 minute presentation to the Big Heath Local committee on the evening, where Imogen’s parents, also spoke very emotionally on our behalf about how we gave them “more time with their little girl” causing more than a few incidents of unseasonable hay fever, and really driving home the importance of what we do.
The Big Heath local committee went away to discuss our proposal, very quickly giving us an answer. We are now delighted to announce that our bid has been successful!
The Big Heath Local have presented us with a cheque for £13700 in order to purchase a brand new Yamaha FJR1300 blood bike. This is the first time a brand new SSBB blood bike has been entirely funded by a single donation.
We will benefit from reduced running and maintenance costs associated with our older bikes, and our service will be improved by reducing rider response times in the area, thus improving patient care.
The new bike will be based in Uttoxeter where we have a number of volunteers, and will be well placed to serve Queens Hospital Burton, as well as Royal Stoke, and the community nurses, and will of course be named “Imogen“.
The committee would like to express our sincerest thanks to the team involved, but to Phil H in particular for his help and hard work in securing this donation.
We would also like to thank the Big Heath local for their support of our charity and making this amazing donation.
I’m sure you will all also again join us in expressing our love and condolences to Imogen’s family, and hope that blood bike Imogen will do them proud.