We are a group of volunteers who want to 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. Why not come and join us?
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.
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.
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 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.
By using specially adapted motorcycles (MCBB Bikes) & their own motorcycles we assist local Health Authorities by providing fast, safe and efficient transport between hospitals / hospices, and other facilities.
Our services are provided by “VOLUNTEERS“. They 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.
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:
Some people have a negative opinion of motorcyclists. Whether this is because of impatient city-centre couriers, or scare stories about biker gangs, it is something that can unfortunately taint all motorcyclists.
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.