Here come the girls! (and they’re all Blood Bikers!)

This Boxing Day, the Northumbria group of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes will be running their first ever all women shift.

‘Northumbria Blood Bikes’ is one of the member groups of The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes. They are a voluntary organisation that provides a free, out of hours, medical essentials delivery service will be running an entire 12 hour shift on Boxing Day 2015, manned solely by women. Carrying everything from blood, surgical tools and x-rays to donated breast milk for premature babies, the Blood Bikers are the unseen emergency service.

In a first for the volunteer group, the Northumbria regional Blood Bikes with three riders, one driver and their shift co-ordinators, will be covering all NHS Acute Trusts in the region, from Darlington to the Scottish Borders, including the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, which is one of the busiest in the country.

John Stepney, Chairman of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes said “For many people Christmas is the most “important family” time of the year. However our life saving service must continue 365 days a year so we’ll rely on hundreds of men and woman who give their time for free. It’s with great pride that one of our groups is running their first ever Blood Bikes all female shift during Boxing Day 2015 and it is a wonderful showcase of the fabulous work our female volunteers do”

The rapid response motorbike based charity, run by volunteers has an impressive track record. Comprising of 25 regional charities, 1400 men and women, working with 272 hospitals, the NABB members are on call 365 days a year. In 2014 alone, NABB member groups responded to 39,000 urgent requests saving multiple lives.