The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) is delighted to announce that it has made the short list for this year’s CAF Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector. This year the awards involve thirty charities, split into 10 categories with NABB short listed in the Healthcare and medical research category. NABB represents 27 local blood bikes charities around the UK and the work which NABB does supports each of these local groups in providing a professional standard rapid response courier service to NHS hospitals. This service is provided by the local groups free of charge to the NHS and a number of air ambulance charities, thus allowing funds to be directed back to patient care.
Over the last few years, NABB has been instrumental in the expansion of the blood bike concept across the UK, inspiring, supporting and mentoring new blood bike charities through their formative stages and going on to achieve legislative changes on their behalf that placed the service on the same footing as the traditional emergency services.
The success of the blood bike concept in the UK & Ireland in recent years has resulted in similar groups being considered in other parts of the World such as Canada, Belgium and Australia.
The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. NABB has been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.
The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a ceremony and dinner on Thursday 9 June at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars. The black-tie evening will be hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside senior figures from the charity and civil society sector, and a smattering of celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport.
Amanda Mealing, who plays Dr Connie Beauchamp in Casualty and Holby City, a NABB Ambassador said:
“I was delighted when I was asked to become an Ambassador for NABB. Being a biker myself, I understand the benefits such a service will bring and the challenges they will encounter. Having been a guest at their annual fund raising bike festival at Prescott earlier this year, I was struck by the professionalism, team work and camaraderie demonstrated by the numerous blood bike groups in attendance from across the country. Well done!”
Maria Costello MBE, British Motorcycle Racer and a NABB Ambassador said:
“Being recognised as being at the top of your game is fantastic and a truly deserved accolade. Blood bikes provide a critical service to the community and being number 1 just reinforces the confidence that the NHS and their patients have in the blood bike service across the country. I am proud to be an ambassador for their cause.”
Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated NABB on making the highly-coveted shortlist. She said:
“We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so NABB should be very proud to have made the shortlist.
“For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through.
“We wish NABB the very best of luck on the night.”
John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:
“CAF exists to support the amazing work of charities. Anyone looking to see some of the impressive ways in which charities make a difference would only need to take a look at the short listed nominees for this year’s Charity Awards.
“These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond. It has been a difficult year for the charity sector and there are important lessons to take away from this. But it is no less vital that we continue to celebrate the success of charities which make such a difference to people’s lives in so many different ways.
“Recognising the achievements of charities, like those in this year’s shortlist, is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.”
John Stepney, NABB Chair said:
“We are delighted to have been short listed for such a prestigious award. I know that none of the two thousand bikers and volunteers across the country that are involved in delivering this critical service are doing so for personal recognition. However, when the service is recognised in such a way, it underpins the belief we have that what we are doing is right, valued by the Public and the NHS and strengthens our motivation to keep going.”