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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.
Caradoc Medical Services, based in Shrewsbury, is supporting SSBB this year.
Peter Masters, business manager at Caradoc, said they look to support charities that take the pressure off the NHS – an aim of the consortium itself. “SSBB is a charity which not only supports the NHS but saves the service money – something our consortium also aims to do”.
The relationship was launched at their premises in Shrewsbury when Gordon H, Sandy H and Lynne S met with Peter. Lynne says “We are delighted to be working with Caradoc, a company with a very similar philosophy to us”.
A national buying group, launched in 2009, Caradoc uses collective buying power to help bring down costs for members on a range of products and services from suppliers. The not-for-profit organisation represents 2,500 GP practices, more than 50 per cent of out-of-hours GP organisations and over 15,000 osteopaths and massage therapists across the country.
Staffordshire were the hosts of the 30th Annual Vintage Tractor Road Run on Easter Sunday having been chosen to be the hosts in early 2016.
The tractor run raises money for charity and the organisers of the 2017 event chose to support the Midland Air Ambulance, Stafford Samaritans, the Donna Louise Hospice and our very own Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes – Serving Cheshire.
SSBB were involved from the launch when members Helen and Nigel B attended a photoshoot on a very cold January day in 2016 in the middle of Seighford Airfield, Stafford. Raven was on show that day.
It was a bit warmer when members Oliver B and Debbie S supported the mini tractor run in July 2016 and Debb had her picture taken on the tractor which was to be first prize in the raffle.
Everyone congregated at Seighford Airfield early Easter Sunday. Tractors as far as the eye could see! All different colours and sizes, some with trailers sporting settees and chairs for passengers, some open to the elements and some with toasty warm enclosed cabs!
Ribbon cutting was at 9.30am by members of the four charities and they were off!! Around 350 tractors making their way into the countryside, returning for lunch, then off again to complete the day. Local villagers looked in awe as the parade rolled past expecting the next tractor to be the last one!
It was pretty evident from the atmosphere that all the participants were enjoying the day. 350 beaming tractor drivers waved continuously at the supporters at the roadside. The organisers gave a warm welcome to SSBB and the other charities and our very own SSBB rider Colin H led the parade on Edward, his own FJR1300.
A day to remember.
Northern Soul Night…
Organised by Angela Cooper, who happens to be the mother of our Vice Chair! – the evening saw over 200 people visit the Coronation Club in Stoke On Trent.
Blood Bike ‘Raven’ greeted the party-goers on arrival who all paid £5 on the door for a great night out. The night included a raffle with 66 prizes and an auction that included a signed Port Vale Football Club shirt.
SSBB are very grateful to Angela and the entire team at the Club for their combined efforts and all those people and businesses for the items donated for the raffle and auction.
The DMS encompass the entire medical, dental, nursing, allied health professionals, paramedical and support personnel for the Army, Navy and Air force.
The primary role of the DMS is to promote, protect and restore the health of service personnel to ensure that they are ready and medically fit to go where they are required in the UK and throughout the world. Staffed by around 9,100 personnel and providing healthcare to around 160,000 UK regular forces personnel.
The Unit Health Fair was an opportunity for trainees and instructors to chat to a whole host of different local, national and military health organizations and find out more about what they do.
Dave S and Steve H attended on behalf of SSBB, taking along Blood Bike Idris, which as always proved to be a big hit with visitors who stopped to have a sit on the bike and learn more about our service.
Also on offer was the chance to complete various fitness tests, a balance test, have your BMI and blood pressure checked, as well as representatives from anti smoking and dietary health organizations, family planning, Crossfit Tamworth, and even the chance to have a sports massage!
This was a fantastic, well organized event and a great chance for us to promote our service to another audience. We really enjoyed chatting to everyone we met, and even had some interested riders.
We are very proud to support our wonderful armed forces, and look forward to the next event.