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About Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bike

Find out more about Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes
Who Are We?

Welcome To Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes

We are a group of volunteers, formed in 2012, who try to make a difference by helping our Local NHS. Lots of us are Motorcyclists, but we also have volunteers who don’t ride bikes.

We provide this service to the NHS for FREE to help reduce NHS transport expenses, Thereby allowing these funds to be used to improve patients treatment etc.

It is all down to our small army of loyal volunteers and everyone who supports us for helping us achieve our goal.

Our “VOLUNTEERS“ include Riders, Dispatchers and Fundraisers. The Riders are full motorcycle licence holders with at least 24 months riding experience, with a clean licence and no accidents, a number of our riders are also ‘Advanced’ riders with IAM or ROSPA qualifications, and they undergo regular reviews of their skills.

Our fantastic Volunteers don’t just give up their time to serve the community and potentially save lives. FOR FREE. they also pay for their own fuel, and put many many miles on their beloved motorcycles – ALL FOR FREE! They do this in the knowledge that they will probably never meet the beneficiary and that the same person will probably never know of the Blood Biker service nor that it played any part in their recovery.

Mision Statement

Our aim is to relieve sickness, protect health & save Our NHS money to be used in the frontline by the provision of emergency transport of urgently needed blood, donor breast milk, drugs, human tissues and other medical requirements between hospitals / hospices and blood transfusion units, blood banks primarily but not exclusively in the North West region of England.

Volunteering since 1969

Blood Bikes have been a feature in the UK since 1969. In recent years the number of blood bike groups has grown significantly and there are now hundreds of motorcyclists who freely volunteer their time to the service.

People often ask why a blood bike service is needed and what is that we actually do. Our group has the same aims of all the blood bike groups throughout the country:

Responsible

All the groups promote good practice among their volunteer riders, who hold an advanced riding qualification to ride on a marked-up blood bike. High-visibility jackets and marked motorcycles mean our riders are very visible to the public when riding so it is essential that they behave with the utmost professionalism at all times.

People who see blood bike riders collecting money, or walking into a hospital ward are often amazed that the groups exist and walk away impressed with the work that they do. Slowly, person by person, we manage to change people’s impressions of bikers. This isn’t the groups’ main reason for existing. But it is a happy side-effect of the work that we do.

Our Core Values

Caring

We are passionate about what we do, and care about our members.

Collaborative

We work in partnership with others so as to best achieve our aims.

Dynamic

We are innovative, effective and are driven to achieve results.

Expert

We are authoritative, trusted and quality orientated.

Accountability

Where the money is invested

90% of the donations are directed into the maintenance of the operation.

Who benefits?

What do we do?

The NHS locally spends tens of thousands of £££’s in each hospital. Even hundreds of thousands of £££££’s across both Merseyside & Cheshire every year transporting Blood, urine, or other tissue samples for analysis by pathology and microbiology laboratories during normal working hours & out of hours by Taxi!

MCBB volunteer motorcyclists now transport these products 24 hours a day – 365 days a year FOR FREE!

MCBB use liveried motorcycles fitted with rack’s so that we can take the largest insulated box with ease. To transport the above products all in accordance with regulation UN3373. Which is designed to protect the products/samples. We also transport X-Rays, scans and CD-ROMs, Patient notes, Frozen breast milk. Plus Any other medical items or small pieces of medical equipment such as syringes and cannulas.

Want to get involved?

Why not come and join us. You can make a difference too.

DONATE

As a charity we rely solely on donations from the general public.

Each penny donated to Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes is used to improve our services. Whether that be additional training for our Volunteers, more liveried motorcycles or simply putting fuel in the tank. Not one single member of Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes takes a penny for their involvement.

events

We would love to attend and support any events that our held in our honour.

If you would like support on promoting your event please get in touch with our social media and PR team. If you’ve already held your event, and have some pictures you would like to share, please do! We love to see what you’ve been up to [email protected]

Join us

If you think you can help, come and join us.

You don’t have to be able to ride a bike, although we constantly need riders, you can join us as a Controller, which basically means you stay at home and receive re-directed calls from any of our Hospitals.

Or you can join us as a Fundraiser.

Message from the Chairman

In 2012 a group of friends founded Northwest blood bikes Merseyside (as it was then known).

It began by serving Marie Curie Hospice and the North West Human Milk Bank in Chester.

The group began to grow, more members joined.

A name change to Merseyside and Cheshire blood bikes, a new logo, fresh ideas and a new drive for success lead to us attaining registered charity status.

We became members of the National Association of Blood Bikes Additions of new clients and increased demand for our service created a need for more modern and more reliable motorcycles.

Our fundraising teams worked tirelessly introducing new sponsors to the group, (to whom we are eternally grateful).

As well as attending numerous events, raising funds and awareness.

We now have eight liveried motorcycles at our disposal ready to despatch at any time.

All of our members are volunteers, every penny raised funds and develops our service.

Riders, Controllers, Fundraisers, Speakers and the management team all give their time and expertise free of charge.

These efforts have been recognized by our nomination this year for the Queen’s Award for voluntary service the MBE for Volunteer Groups.

An unbelievable achievement which we were very humbled to receive and well-deserved recognition of the commitment and dedication of our members.

As we take the group forward into the future, we look forward to working alongside our colleagues from other groups across the UK continuing to provide our service 100% free of charge to the hospitals and hospices of our area.

And finally, as always our thanks go to our families without whose love, understanding and support, we could not give our time to help others.

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