The North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes, otherwise known as NWBB L&L, went live in May 2012 with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals with the aim to transport blood, samples, donor breast milk for premature babies, and other urgent medical items out of hours, freeing up vital funds for our local hospitals.
To date NWBB have over 250 volunteers and have made almost 16,000 collections and deliveries for local hospitals in the 38 months they have been running. The organisation is always looking to recruit volunteers into a variety of roles, from operational motorcyclists to admin support, duty controllers, and fundraising posts.
Due to the costs of running a totally free Emergency Service they are also always on the lookout for sponsors, as the bikes cost a great deal to fuel and maintain.
At a recent Black Tie Charity Ball event, TLH Auctioneers donated a sum of money, in aid of the life saving work completed by The North West Blood Bikes every day. Everyone looked amazing on the night, and TLH Auctioneers were proud to raise money for such a worthy cause.
Paul Brooks, Chairman, said “Our volunteers receive no payment and are not reimbursed with expenses. Most volunteers use their own motorcycles, however we do have several Emergency liveried bikes with blue lights and sirens but in order to ride these the riders must have advanced training, funded by them, following assessment rides overseen by on of our nominated instructors/assessors.
First Aid and First Bike on Scene (FBOS) courses are also given freely to all our volunteers”. He goes on to say, “We have liveried bikes equipped with blues & two’s in order to carry out Lifesaving Emergency collection and deliveries, particularly for whole blood, platelets and drugs, and with assistance from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), all our riders are trained in the handling and carriage of all the items we carry”.
Vice Chairman Scott Miller has now expressed his thanks for the donation that TLH Auctioneers gave to NWBB.
He said ‘To date we have handled over 15,000 call outs in the 39 months we have been running and the numbers are ever increasing and without help from organisations like yours we would not be able to do it. Conservative estimates based on a standard taxi fare of £40 show that we have saved the local NHS in Lancashire and South Lakes well over half a million pounds so far, and included runs as far away as Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff Abingdon, Charing Cross & Great Ormand Street. Thank you from all of us and please pass on my thanks to your members.’
TLH Auctioneers are pleased to have contributed to such a worthy cause, and wish the NWBB the best of luck in all their endeavours.
It is estimated that NWBB L&L have saved the Hospitals in excess of £700,000, which would pay the wages of a few more, specialist nurses or specialist equipment. The formation of NWBB Lancs & Lakes now allows the NHS to spend more money on patient care, however the NWBB are volunteer funded, so rely on donations to carry on doing the work they do. If you would also like to donate to the NWBB please contact them directly through the “Contact” button on the website www.nwbb-lancs.org
The North West Blood Bikes currently serve, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (Preston & Chorley), Southport & Ormskirk, Morecambe Bay Hospitals, (Lancaster, Kendal & Barrow), Blackpool, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh and East Lancashire Hospitals (Blackburn and Burnley and outlying smaller hospitals).