Being a Volunteer Blood Biker!

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Occasionally work and hobbies coincide. This happened to Dr Roy Broad, a Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Wolverhampton Business School and in his spare time a volunteer Blood Biker.

Business and Enterprise students have selected Shropshire • Staffordshire • Cheshire Blood Bikes as one of their local charities to support as part of their 5BE001 module. Teams pitch fundraising ideas to the charities and compete with each other to see who can raise the most funds during the semester.

Roy said: “I joined the blood bikes charity at its launch in January 2014 because it looked like good fun and the way to help the NHS. We now have over 200 volunteer riders, controllers and fundraisers delivering urgently needed blood and medical items between hospitals across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

“I love motorbikes and own a Triumph Sprint ST1050 sports tourer and a Yamaha FJR13000 blood bike.

Being a Gamesmaker for London 2012 got me into volunteering and I now volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society, ABF the soldiers’ charity and Blood Bikes.

“I’m a volunteer rider because like many others I want to give something back to the community. Most of the time we don’t know anything about the patients we support but we do know the charity provides a vital service for the NHS and patient care.

We typically sign-on for a 12 hour shift from 7pm – 7am and may get three or four ‘shouts’ overnight, riding between NHS hospitals across the two counties and down to the QE in Birmingham. Riders can do as many or few shifts as they like. I tend to volunteer at weekends so that I’m fresh for teaching during the week.

“Shropshire • Staffordshire • Cheshire Blood Bikes are delighted to be working with the Business and Enterprise students and who knows, some of the students may become volunteers themselves in the future.”

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