To many, motorbiking is a hobby that allows them to get out on the open road and blow away the cobwebs at their leisure. However, it’s a very different story for Blood Bikers, a vital community of volunteers who can carry urgent medical supplies across the country.
Although they are responsive around the clock, the volunteers primarily work during the night as stand-ins for daytime NHS workers. The bikers play a massive role in the running of the NHS; they drive around busy, narrow streets to deliver blood supplies, as well as platelets and breast milk to those who need them.
In 2015, UK Blood Bikers answered over 39,000 requests from the NHS. This figure is 4,000 higher than the number of requests answered in 2013, clearly illustrating the growing reliance on the Blood Bikers and their service.
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Blood Bikers and the NHS
A priority for the National Health Service is keeping costs down and performing with efficiency. In a world where it seems like expenses are continually on the rise, Blood Bikers deliver a completely free service to the NHS. Without them, the health organisation would have to pay taxis and couriers to transport the supplies, adding extra costs to the NHS’s already long list of expenses.
Taxis and couriers would be nowhere near as effective – the NHS can’t afford to be queued up behind nightclub drop-offs and home pick-ups in a life-threatening situation. Moreover, the size of a car or van could be an issue on the British roads. Unlike Blood Bikes, they’re more likely to get caught up in congestion on British roads, which could delay the arrival even further.
Time is of the essence and urgency is required — something Blood Bikers deliver.
It is clear to see that Blood Bikers play a vital part in our society, and without them urgent supplies would not be delivered. Because they provide their services for free, Blood Bikers are 100% reliant on donations, whether from public fundraising activities to contributions from charitable groups and local companies.
The Blood Bikers group supply important items to the bikers although, in some cases, the bikers must provide themselves with their uniform. However, this is an additional expense that could impact the charity’s performance. As such, many companies offer discounts for Blood Bikers to reduce costs and maintain this vital service.
You can recognise a Blood Bike on the road due to their high visibility markings that match ambulances. The bikes have been modified to offer increased protection from adverse weather conditions and increased luggage capacity for their vital supplies. Personal bikes cannot be used.
The nation is appreciative of the work that the bikers do and their dedication to a great cause. Whether you become a biker yourself or donate to this worthwhile cause, show your support for your local Blood Bikers today — who knows, you could rely on them one day.
You have the ability to make a difference. To donate to your local group, visit the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes website to find the contact information you need.