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.”
We are delighted to announce that our new online fundraising platform is now operational.
Wonderful.org offers the opportunity to make individual donations or set up an event and manage all sponsorship in one place. And the good thing is Derbyshire Blood Bikes receive 100% of any donation and the gift aid is dealt with automatically. Wonderful.org are a charity themselves and receive corporate funding to cover their operating costs.
“In terms of maxing your cash, you can’t beat Wonderful.org. It doesn’t charge any service or processing fees to the charities, meaning 100% of your donation goes directly to doing good.” Money Saving Expert
As you may have heard, the BTMyDonate funding platform will close in June 2019, after several years being the choice of thousands of smaller charities, including Derbyshire Blood Bikes.
We will be announcing our replacement platform in the coming weeks.
As we make a start on 2019, we look back and see that 2018 was indeed a record year for Derbyshire Blood Bikes.
In total we made 1411 journeys for our local NHS. The number of unscheduled, often urgent, calls increased by 86.5% from 2017, and continues our incredible growth over 6 years.
We anticipated increases after we began the pharmacy delivery service from the Royal Derby Hospital in February, but calls from across the NHS have pushed us to new limits. In response to demand, we provided an extra volunteer each weekday and our team have performed amazingly.
This would not be possible without the funds provided from many generous sources, enabling us to meet our annual running costs of around £20,000.
Do you want Derbyshire Blood Bikes at your event or meeting in 2019?
Raising awareness of the charity and the service is an essential part of sustaining the resources necessary to operate our urgent medical courier service. We appear at many community events, fairs and exhibitions as well as many of the local supermarkets to get our message across. We also give talks to a wide variety of groups, such as the Women’s Institute, professional and business groups. If you would like us to attend your event or give a talk to a group you’re associated with, please use the link below to to download a copy of our booking form.
The County’s Police and Fire and Rescue Services held their first open-day at the new £10.5m Joint Training Facility at Ripley, Derbyshire. Over 7,000 visitors saw policing and fire and rescue demonstrations as well as enjoying a great family fun day.
Derbyshire Blood Bikes displayed their new BMW R1200RT and Citroen C1 vehicles with hundreds of young (and not so young!) people having a photo-opportunity on board the blood bike.
DBB volunteers, Dave Harvey, Andy Ramsden and Mark Vallis were on hand to explain what they do and answer many questions from the public. Awareness raising is a vital aspect of the work of Derbyshire Blood Bikes and this event has been hailed as a phenomenal PR success for the Emergency Services and the smaller organisations supporting communities across the County.
The ‘Ride on Jamie’ appeal has reached the half-way milestone, having reaching over £7,700.
The family and friends of Jamie Henshaw, who was a Derbyshire Blood Bike supporter and fundraiser from Ilkeston and who sadly lost his battle with cancer in April, have pledged to put a new blood bike into service with Derbyshire Blood Bikes. That bike will be dedicated to Jamie’s memory and will be a lasting legacy to him. The family hope to achieve this by April 2019, the anniversary of their loss.
Fundraising in the Solstice Challenge has so far raised over £2,500 for the appeal and anyone wishing to, can still donate to that appeal here until the 24th September 2018.
A recent ‘dart-o-thon’ and other fundraising in the New Inn, Ilkeston has recently added over £1250, with more events planned, including a cycle ride from Skegness to Ilkeston on the 25th August and a golf tournament in September.
Derbyshire Blood Bikes are delighted to be able to support the family and friends in their fundraising endeavors.
Following the recent media exposure for Derbyshire Blood Bikes, the response has been very promising from people interested in joining us. So for all those interested, we’re putting together a seminar on
26th July; 7.30pm and The Holiday Inn, Pride Park, Derby.
Those attending will learn about what we do, how we are organised and the process to becoming a fully fledged Blood Bike Volunteer. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions of some of our volunteers.
Please let us know if you would like to attend email@example.com
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending this event in a motor vehicle or on a motorcycle, please make sure you enter your vehicle registration mark in the parking control system on the reception desk of the Holiday Inn.
We’re delighted that Blood Bike Volunteers across our region have been highlighted for supporting our local NHS hospitals by the BBC’s James Roberson.
Derbyshire Blood Bikes are keen to attract more motorcyclists to the group to help out delivering and expanding their service to Derbyshire Hospitals in Derby and Chesterfield.
Motorcyclists must be at least 25years-of-age, have held an A1 licence for a minimum of two years and have passed an advanced motorcycle test through the IAM or RoSPA (Silver).
We will be holding an open meeting within next two weeks for anyone interested in joining us. We’ll tell you how we work and what to expect as a blood biking volunteer.
You can register your interest through firstname.lastname@example.org