26 Jan 2018 – Blood Bikes offer a free courier service for hospitals and associated health organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland carrying blood stocks, blood products, pathology samples and scans, in fact any medical essentials that need to be moved. In addition we support the Leicestershire Air Ambulance with blood products and the Midlands Milk Bank with the transportation of donated breast milk for premature babies.

Listen Again to Jonathan Bostock from Blood Bikes on the Radio Fox 628 Show as he explains to presenters Marie Smith and Michael Lord all about the service Blood Bikes provide hospitals. Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes is a registered charity, run 100% by volunteers and their running costs are met through the incredible support and donations from individual supporters, local businesses and the general public.

They have a fleet of three liveried motorcycles and currently two vans, for when loads exceed the capacity of the motorcycles, as well as during extreme weather, such as snow and ice!  Their riders all hold an advanced qualification, such as Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists, RoSPA, Enhanced Rider Scheme, or Police Class 1. Primarily, but not exclusively, they deliver their service ‘out of hours’, so at night time during weekdays with a 24 hour service at weekends and public holidays.

Their objective is simple – to support local NHS and associated organisations with the provision of free transport of medical essentials in support of patient care.  Through this we they help the NHS to reduce transport costs, so that more money can be directed at front line patient services and care.

Blood Bikes are always looking for additional volunteers who can help the group, by giving some of their spare time to help us meet our objectives.  Many volunteers are motorcyclists but this is not a necessity.  There is no minimum commitment level, so whether you have a few hours or a few days each month, there is something for you to help with.

The three main roles are, riders, controllers and fundraisers and if you have an interest in joining us, or you would like to make a donation, please visit our website at www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk or email us at enquiries@lrbloodbikes.org.uk  and we will be very happy to answer your questions, or invite you along to an event or supporters evening.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.