Midland Freewheelers (Blood Bikes)
Blood Bikes is a charity that was started in 2010 by a group of friends who were also keen motorcyclists. They saw the opportunity to provide a free out of hours service to the NHS, delivering emergency blood for transfusions, meaning saved funding could be diverted back to NHS patient care.
What is Blood Bikes?
Blood Bikes is a completely voluntary service that offers help to the NHS. Blood Bikes have approximately 60 members, 35 of which are active riders, but everyone gets involved in fundraising and coordinating for the charity. They can be the difference between life and death! Over the years, Blood Bikes has evolved from transporting blood, and blood products, to incorporate plasma for cancer patients, notes, samples medicines and donated breast milk for premature babies. As they are on motorbikes, they are able to get through traffic quicker, and deliver the products to hospitals quicker.
Blood Bikes is are currently working with Midland Air Ambulance for a 3 year clinical trial which sees them delivering blood products to Midland Air Ambulance three evenings a week. They are also working alongside the Birmingham Women’s Hospital to deliver Breast Milk to premature babies, and without Blood Bikes, this project would cease to exist, leaving premature babies vulnerable.
The number of people helped so far by Blood Bikes is immeasurable. From road traffic victims, to cancer patients to premature babies, all have been helped in some way by the fantastic service offered by Blood Bikes.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Blood Bikes receive no government or NHS funding. All of their funds are donated, or raised by members with 100% of funds going towards running their vehicles. If Blood Bikes were to be successful, the funding would allow them to continue to deliver their out of hours service to the NHS without worrying about funding for maintaining the vehicles.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Blood Bikes?
Lorraine Gough, Chairman
Tel: 07905 056 775