We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, supporters and members plus those anonymous individuals and companies who have so generously given their time, expertise and financial support to our charity.
Sponsorship isn’t just about financial aid; we welcome donations of kit, expertise and merchandise.
Trakm8 are a data, telematics and fleet management company that provide technology and solutions to the fleet management, insurance and plant sectors. Through their pioneering algorithms, Trakm8’s rider monitoring services allow SSBB to increase efficiencies, decrease fuel costs, increase rider safety and reduce fleet downtime. The Trakm8 system has rapidly become an invaluable tool for our Controllers.
Mike and Marion Harris generously donated £12k to buy two Honda Pan European ST1300 Blood Bikes in memory of their daughter Jo who died aged 24. The bikes were named Jo-Jo and Joanne at The Red Castle in Harmer Hill, where SSBB were hosted by Jo’s Aunt, Viv McCarthy. Joanne Harris was born with Downs Syndrome and was waiting for a new heart when she died in April 2008. Her parents Mike and Marion together with Jo’s aunt Viv McCarthy had set-up a charity “A Heart for Jo” which was supported by the first Big Brother winner Craig Phillips who donated his £70k prize to help Jo. Marion Harris said: “Sadly Jo died before she could receive a new heart but the trustees of the charity wanted to use the donated funds to support other worthy causes like the Blood Bikes”. Mike Harris added; “Jo loved riding with me on a small scooter when we were on holiday and would be thrilled at the idea of having two Blood Bikes named after her”.
Rev-it-Hard Motorcycles: Carl and Andy made a superb job of converting a standard mini-moto machine into a one-off, custom built mini-blood bike that is the jewel in the crown of the SSBB fundraising efforts. The build took at least 5 working days and all of this was done completely free of charge! The outcome you must agree is truly amazing! Furthermore, Carl has also come to the rescue of two of our volunteers when noticing them in need – True Gentlemen!
Vinny’s Motorcycles: Vinny has kindly offered to inspect all the groups new vehicles and service them at cost.
Keele Postgraduate Association: The KPA designated us one of their sponsored charities of the year (2013-14) and immediately raised £75.50 through a raffle sale. Further collections, including barmaid Natalie’s day in silence (As a mime artist!), have elevated the total raised to over £175 (November 2014).
Lynn’s Raven Cafe (Raven Riders): Lynn has supported SSBB from the very start, holding regular collections and fundraising events at her roadside cafe, including our official Launch Party!
Patches Direct: Paul Harrison of Patches Direct donated several hundred of the group’s patches free of charge as well as providing many raffle prizes for the “Blood Bikers Party Night”.
Tumani Ltd: Organise fundraising activities and events to generate income for the cause in seeking and improving the quality of life. Tunami Ltd named SSBB one of their beneficiaries this year (2013-14).
Clean Sailing: Andy, Debs and Gary, who although predominately work on boat engines etc, did all the decals on Clive’s bike free of charge (£400 of bits and work) and will do others at cost for the group.
BS Supplies (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd: Kindly provided the paint for the white re-spray of the group’s mini-blood bike.
Graphic Monster: Kat at Graphic Monster printed the groups promotional stickers free of charge.
Keele Audio Visual Services: Supplied the group with a top quality projector to use for all committee and group meetings, as well as for use whilst out pitching to companies and fundraising.
Royal Oak: Joint tenants Simon and Jonathan provide the meeting room, we use for committee and group meetings, free of charge in a bid to support local charities.
Dunlop Tyres: Supplied a free set of Dunlop tyres for our first group bike, the Honda Pan European (ST1300).
McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd: Generously donated £500 to our charity for the “Invaluable work you [SSBB] carry out in the Shropshire / Staffordshire area” – Nicholas McPhillips
Zurich Community Trust: For fund-matching all donations made to SSBB by the staff at Zurich who have nominated us as one of their charities of the year.
Ansons Solicitors: For providing the funds to enable the purchase of a brand new satellite navigation system for the group bike.
Motorcycle Essentials: For providing our membership with a 10% discount on their ENTIRE range of clothing and accessories.
Fuchs Lubricants (Stoke): For providing a vast array of superior engine oils, aerosols and chain cleaners for use with our group bikes.
Bridgnorth Business Services Ltd: For reviewing and formatting our accounts so that they can be approved at the AGM and then submitted to the charity commission.
Eagle Motorcycles in Shrewsbury help us out on a regular basis by dropping everything to help get our bikes back on the road when they need a bit of TLC.
The Honda Centre Shrewsbury are always happy to help when we need our bikes serviced. They’ll fit us in the tightest of slots and can always find space for us.