Thank you to all those offering to come and help with our service in these unprecedented times. Our response to you deserves some explanation.
Some weeks ago, as the progress of the spread of the virus became more apparent, we took the decision to make some significant changes to what we do. Both to comply with the current advice (now law), to keep our volunteers safe and to carry out our essential work to the NHS, and of course, to ‘stop the spread and flatten the curve’.
- We stopped all non-essential activity
- We cancelled fundraising events
- We suspended recruitment and training
Clearly, some of this was to our detriment, but our judgement was, in the short and medium-term, that our volunteer corps and revenue reserves would sustain us. So, despite a small number of our volunteers needing to self-isolate for health reasons, the rest of our great team really stepped up to the challenge, offering more time to help our NHS.
Not only that, but a number of very welcome donations will also help with those fuel costs, up around 31% in March.
In the long term, our fundraising and recruitment will return and we are delighted that some of those offering to help have expressed an interest in joining our service when ‘normal service resumes’.
We know some have found our decision difficult to understand, but this is simply about halting the spread of the virus and keeping our current volunteer team healthy to continue our vital service to the NHS.
2020 has come in like the winter storms for DBB, with runs totals already through the 500 mark in less than seven weeks of the new year! This was our annual total just 5 years ago! And we’re expecting even more this year as we expand our services.
More parts of our local NHS hospitals are now recognising the quality and scope of our capabilities to transport vital consignments. We’re also working hard to bring our regular service to even more parts of the Community Health and Community Midwifery services.
To do that of course, we also need the funding support and more volunteers. To be a Derbyshire Blood Biker, you’ll need to be a regular seasoned rider, with a least 2 years on a full UK licence. You’ll also need to have an advanced award from one of the recognised national Road Safety organisations.
If you think you have what it takes, please get in touch …. email@example.com
With 2019 now part of our history, here’s a quick view of what we manged to achieve!
Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters!
The recent completion of our 2000th journey for our local NHS in Derbyshire was a cause for celebration, it also signified another phenomenal increase in the demands on our FREE volunteer-led charity service. That’s good news for our enthusiastic motorcycling volunteers, but it also means our fundraising has to keep pace with the extra mileage.
Some of our journeys are made locally within a few miles of the City of Derby, such as;
- our regular service from London Road Community Hospital to the Royal Derby Hospital
- deliveries to many of the Health Centres across the City and Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire
- deliveries of vital daily medication to patients at home generally within 20 miles of the Royal Derby Hospital
- Transfers of diagnostic samples equipment or other supplies between Hospitals within the Burton and Derby Hospitals Trust group and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital
But over half of our journeys go much further;
- diagnostic samples to NHS facilities in Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol or London
- blood samples to NHS Blood and Transplant in Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham or Bristol
We also support the charity ‘Fighting Prostate Cancer’ who carry out prostate screening clinics across the UK, transferring their PSA samples to the testing facilities in Burton Hospital.
Together, these service will see us travel close to 100,000 miles in 2019, saving the NHS around £90,000 in transport costs.
But were not content there….
In 2020 we hope to see…
More volunteers. More fundraising events and opportunities and expanded services, with services to more parts of the NHS in Derbyshire.
We’re joining up with our friends from Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes and Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes at Pidcock BMW in Long Eaton, to celebrate volunteering as a blood biker on the National Awareness Day – Friday August 16th 2019.
So if you’re interested in finding out more about how to become a blood biker and what that means across the East
Midlands, this is the place to go. Also joining us will be the Derbyshire UpRight Motorcycle Safety Campaign.
Accompanied demo rides of the BMW range will be available and you can also get your bike cleaned too! (for a small donation to the blood bike groups).
Plenty to do so come and spend a few hours in some great motorcycle company.
See you there!
At just before 1pm on Friday 14th June, Ken Shaw collected consignment #1000 for delivery by Derbyshire Blood Bikes, a batch of IV antibiotics for delivery to a patient’s home.
Testimony to the tremendous teamwork by some 40 volunteers – riders and drivers, call handlers, fundraisers and those in the background doing the administration and finance stuff.
But most of all, thanks to all those supporters who give so generously to keep our wheels rolling!
Derbyshire Blood Bikes group picked up a £1000 donation from Gillotts Funeral Directors, in Abbott Street, Heanor, which raised the money through its annual Christmas appeal last year.
Mark Vallis, Derbyshire Blood Bikes co-ordinator, said: “Our group relies totally on fundraising and this is a significant amount of money for us, so naturally we’re extremely grateful to Gillotts for this very kind donation.
“All of our members give their time for free so all of this money will go to pay for our running costs, which will ensure that we can continue to offer a precious service to the NHS totally for free.”
Gillotts raised the money after inviting families who have lost loved ones to come into its Heanor office, as well as its four other premises, and hang messages of remembrance on Christmas trees erected in each office’s foyer during December.
The company donates £1 for each message left on the branches of its trees and raised £2,000 through its appeal, with the other £1,000 going to the Nottinghamshire’s Blood Bikes service.
Anthony Topley, a partner at Gillotts Funeral Directors, which also runs offices in Eastwood, Kimberley, Selston and Stapleford in Nottinghamshire, said: “The Derbyshire Blood Bikes carries out a vitally important service that saves the NHS thousands of pounds every year.
“It’s wonderful to think that every one of their riders and support staff are volunteers working in their spare time. Their public-mindedness is truly inspirational and we’re delighted to have raised so much money on their behalf.”