Our latest bike, a BMW F900 XR, has now been added to the fleet and replaces our old Honda Deauville. In memory of Geoff Medland, our friend and call handler who died recently, the bike is now being run in and will be ready for full duties later this month. Thanks to the generosity of Geoff’s family and the Morrison’s Foundation, we have been able to commemorate his memory in a way he certainly would have wanted.
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.
Thanks to another unbelievable gesture of generosity and support, Derbyshire Blood Bikes has taken delivery of a new BMW R1250RT fully equipped and liveried blood bike. The bike, supplied by Roy Pidcock Motorcycles, is the first of the new-series water-cooled motorcycles to join a blood bike fleet in the UK.
The bike comes equipped with dynamic suspension, heated grips and seat, adjustable screen and integrated satellite navigation system, meaning that Derbyshire’s blood bike volunteers will be able to complete any long distance mercy missions in comfort and safety.
We would like to say a big thank you to the local couple who donated the funds for this bike, but we respect their wishes for anonymity. Needless to say, they’ll be following the bikes service life closely.