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We are delighted to announce that our charity has been awarded the QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE (QAVS)
It is a tremendous achievement for our charity to be acknowledged and we are immensely proud of the recognition that this award brings.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is known as ‘The MBE for volunteer groups’.
Later in the summer we will be announcing the date and venue of an event when the QAVS Certificate and Crystal will be presented to us by Sir Algernon Heber Percy, the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire. We hope to welcome as many members and guests as possible to the celebration. In the meantime, may we say thank you to all our volunteers and their families for your dedication to Shropshire Staffordshire Cheshire Blood Bikes.
The village of Haughton, Staffordshire is where you will find Taylor Brothers Motorcycles, run by Julian and Jackie Taylor.
When you drive past it is unusual not to see a liveried blood bike outside, either from SSBB or another blood bike group. Julian’s reputation means he is the first port of call for many bikers. Certainly SSBB appreciate his reliability and utilise his skills for the group bikes as well as their own.
Sunday June 25th was a different kind of day for Julian and Jackie and a busy one for Haughton residents who saw rather more motor cycles than usual. Taylor Brothers hosted a fundraising event with proceeds going to SSBB!
BBQ, raffle, refreshments and an enormous variety of home-made cake courtesy of local residents. The sticky flapjacky one was particularly good!
Although the weather could have been a little kinder there was a great turnout and it was a very sociable few hours. Julian and Jackie’s hard work and the input from their helpers and friends meant they were able to present our charity with £818.21 which member Nigel H accepted on our behalf.
Thank you Julian and Jackie and Haughton for your kindness and generosity from all of us at Shropshire ∙ Staffordshire ∙ Cheshire Blood Bikes.
SSBB members were recently invited to the Grosvenor Centre in Gnosall, Stafford for the presentation of funds raised by the organisers of the 30th Annual Vintage Tractor Run which had been awarded to Staffordshire for 2017.
Our volunteers had been involved since the launch back in early 2016 when Helen and Nigel B attended the first photoshoot with Raven on a freezing cold local airfield. In June (and without snow on the ground) Ollie B, Helen B and Debbie S supported the mini tractor run organised by the ‘Old Knotty’s’ group.
In April, at the main event, 350 tractors took part and the procession was led by SSBB volunteer Colin H on his own blood bike, Edward.
Afternoon tea and cake were the order of the day at the presentation. Representatives of the other three nominated charities joined Helen and Colin to accept the monies raised for them. The Donna Louise Trust, Midland Air Ambulance and Stafford Samaritans and ourselves all received an amazing £2860.00.
On behalf of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire Blood Bikes, we say a huge thank you to Dave Coombes and his committee for their immensely generous donation.
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.”
Good Evening Folks
I have been reliably informed today is the midway point of BBC Springwatch – but with the weather we are currently experiencing you wouldn’t believe it was early June!
Anyhow, a fortnight ago, back when the sun was shining, SSBB members Lynne S, Gordon H and Paul C joined members of the Bug Splatz MCC at the The Travellers Joy pub for a very generous cheque presentation.
Bug Splatz had raised an amazing £800 to support our charity. Thank you so very much!
Co-op Local Community Fund – Gnosall
Our local Co-op run a scheme in conjunction with their loyalty card. Members receive a 5% return on their Co-op branded purchases and local nominated causes can also benefit.
Every time a member buys a Co-op branded product, 1% of their spend goes to a local nominated cause. The scheme continues for 6 months.
SSBB were one of the three nominated charities in the period ending April 2017 and we received notification that the customers in Gnosall had voted on our behalf culminating in an amazing donation of £1187.31.
Members Lynne S and Helen B joined Co-op staff members Jenny and Siobhan for a celebratory photo whilst visiting the store.
Huge thank you to the Co-op, their staff and their customers for your support.
(A little bird has told us that we have been nominated again for the next six months so if you haven’t got a card you could pick an application form up at the shop or if you have but haven’t chosen a charity then go to this link address.)
Thanks from everyone at Team SSBB!
Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes have been awarded £4,542.87 by the Cooperative Charities Aid Foundation as part of the Co-op Local Community Fund following support and promotion from the store in Bromborough, Wirral,
Riders Hugh J and David A took Blood Bikes Angel and Jo-Jo to visit Mark and Julie from the Co-op Bromborough store to say a HUGE thank you for the fantastic donation.
Blood Bikes are one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who’ve benefited from the Local Community Fund to make a difference in their communities. We look forward to continuing to work with the Co-op in the future, and to help them keep doing things the #TheCoopWay.