Blood Bikes Service To Be Extended To North Notts
The Mansfield Building Society has pledged £500 to Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes to help purchase and adapt a new motorbike to enable the charity to extend its reach in to the north of the county.
Blood Bikes is a national charity that operates outside of normal NHS working to delivering blood for transfusion as well as breast milk. The service is free for the NHS, significantly reducing the cost of using taxis which are currently used to fulfil the service and have been on the increase throughout the county over recent years.
The charity has created the Blood Bikes 100cc Club which aims to attract £100 donations from 100 local businesses to help them raise £10,000 to invest in the new motorbike.
Peter Hauton a member of Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes and an organiser of the Blood Bikes 100cc Club said “We work hard to ensure we run as effectively as possible with many riders now having completed well over 100 journeys. We want to expand and need help from local businesses like The Mansfield to achieve our goals and help us help the NHS deliver its incredible service as efficiently as possible to more parts of the UK.”
The Nottinghamshire charity operates from 7pm-6am Monday to Friday and 24 hours a day at weekends - hours increase during holiday periods. The organisation is currently at capacity with only 3 bikes, mainly working within Nottingham City Centre. The Charity relies solely on fundraising and donations from the general public which is enough to cover the basic running costs.
Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes are looking to grow the area in which they operate, including expansion into Mansfield and Ashfield, with the charity expecting to be awarded new contracts in the next few months which means demand for the service is set to increase further. The new contracts will relieve the NHS of its current cost and reliance on the use of taxis, benefiting the NHS in northern wards of the county.
Mansfield Building Society is delighted to help Blood Bikes with its plans. Richard Crisp, Commercial Development Executive at the Society, said “We are proud to be one of the first members of the 100cc Club and help the charity raise funds to invest in a much needed service for the local community. With the charities current and future expansion plans we hope to support them as much as possible and would encourage other local businesses to do the same.”
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