Latest Event Updates
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.
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.
On Friday the 26th January the Bickerton Poacher in Bulkeley, Cheshire held its annual Burns Night celebration, with the proceeds going to local charities.
The evening was a great success, with guests enjoying a wonderful Burns supper with entertainment from the obligatory bag pipes!
Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes (SSBB), who also serve Cheshire, were one of the two charities chosen to benefit from this years event, and were recently presented with an amazing donation of £2300 raised from the evening.
SSBB are a 100% voluntary charity, who have been serving Countess of Chester Hospital for the last 12 months with urgent deliveries of blood products between the countess and The National Blood and Transplant Centre in Speke.
A delegation of volunteer riders from the charity visited the pub this week to receive the cheque and hand over a certificate of thanks to General Manager Jamie Williams and Head Chef Sean Martin. The riders also brought the Cheshire Area bikes ‘Angel‘ and ‘Jo Jo‘ along for the ride.
Cheshire area Leader Andrew Barnard said “Many thanks also to Tracy Williams, the owner of the Bickerton Poacher, and all of her staff for the fantastic fund raising effort.” He added “Our service is relatively new in Cheshire, so it is great to see awareness of our charity is growing in the area, and local people taking us to their hearts and supporting us”.
They are supporting our charity for the next two years and we are delighted with their enthusiasm and resolve. They asked that we take a couple of bikes to the dinner and Princess Carrie and Imogen had pride of place on the ballroom dance floor.
Helen B gave an emotive after dinner talk to over 90 brethren and their guests. Mike Heenan, the Provincial Grand Master was full of praise for our service and our volunteers and is determined to raise funds to enable us to purchase a new bike for Shropshire and one for Staffordshire – How brilliant is that!
The rest of our team on the night also spread the word. We look forward to working closely with them.
Ten groups of students from the University of Wolverhampton are competing to see who can raise the most funds for SSBB as part of their business course!
The events which include social nights, football, FIFA17, a water balloon fight and a student debate, are all approved and supervised by SSBB members Lynne S and Roy B. The final fundraising amount will be announced in the SSBB members’ weekly newsletter, the “Bulletin“, as well as across all SSBB social media platforms.
Please drop-in and say hello if you are in Telford or Wolverhampton this weekend!