Donations in memory of Keith Thorne – aka ‘Spike’

We celebrate the memory of Keith Thorne. Although he was not a Blood Biker, his family have asked that any donations in memory of Keith are made to our charity. For this we would like to sincerely thank Sally, Bunty and Keith’s family. Rest assured that any donations will be put to good use.


Keith Thorne, affectionately known to many as “Spike”, passed away suddenly on 5th January 2021 aged 81, leaving his wife of 59 years; “Bunty”, 3 daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of friends and family.

Spike was very proud of donating 99 pints of blood, never missing a donation session and often accompanied by one of his 3 daughters who were always fascinated by just how quickly he could fill that bag! He was disappointed not to have been able to meet his 100th pint, but the pinprick test detected something amiss and so saved his life and gave us all a few more years with this kind, considerate and gentle man.

He had ridden motorbikes since his teens, Nortons, BMW’s and Triumphs. A quick nip out on the bike generally meant criss-crossing the country to pop in on one of us for a cuppa and a leg stretch. Planning his route maps for his annual “European Ride-away” with No 8 low-flying squadron for a week of Autobahns, long sweeping curves and a Bratwurst or two. He loved these trips, his last being in 2012 – when he finally had to hang up his Kevlar at the age of 73 years young.

The family would wish to nominate any kind donations be made in Spike’s memory to Derbyshire Blood Bikes. 

We wish you safe journeys and thank you for your kindness and support.

Our Latest Addition to The Fleet

Our latest vehicle added to the fleet is a new Dacia Duster. This vehicle will give us the flexibility to carry larger consignments and allow greater flexibility in the winter months when bikes are off the road.

Our thanks to Mark & Sue Vallis for donating to the cost of the livery of the vehicle and to Sign Craft Bretby, for their professional finish on the livery.


New Shop Goes Live

Our new shop is now live and we are selling merchandise to raise funds to keep us running. Please check out our shop page and you can purchase directly from this site. Some great gifts, and more to come.