Blood Bike Lille: BMW F800GT

In 2015, Sue Parker was elected ladies captain at Lilleshall Hall Golf Club in Shropshire. Every year the captains of both the men’s and ladies teams each choose a charity to fundraise for throughout the year.

When the time came for Sue to choose her nominated charity, she said “I wanted something local, something different, a charity run by unpaid volunteers and most of all, a charity which truly served the local communityShropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes were the obvious choice

Sue and her ladies worked incredibly hard throughout the year, holding various fundraising events, from raffles and sales of homemade cakes and jams, to a charity golf tournament.

The result of this hard work was an incredible donation of £3500 to SSBB, which enabled us to purchase our second Honda Deauville NT700V

Lille” (pronounced Lilly) was of course named after Lilleshall Golf Club in honour of Sue and her ladies team.

But the story of Lille doesn’t end there. As previously reported, In September 2016, Lille and rider Steve C were on an urgent delivery between Telford and Shrewsbury when they collided with a heard of cows. Steve sustained several broken ribs, and blood bike Lille was written off in the crash.

We are now pleased to report that as well as Steve making a full recovery and continuing his duties with SSBB. We now have a new Blood Bike Lille back on the road.

With the insurance payout, and some extra money added by ourselves (raised from various fundraising events throughout the year) we have purchased a BMW F800GT. Like the Deauville, the F800 is more suitable for our smaller (and younger) riders, increasing the opportunities for riders to volunteer for us.

With a service area covering 3500 miles, and a mix of rural and urban deliveries, more flexibility in our fleet also helps us to provide the best service possible.

We wish Lille (and Steve) many fantastic years of service for SSBB in the future, and thank Lilleshall Hall golf club for their udderly fantastic donation (that’s the last one Steve we promise!!)