There are over 1,500 volunteers in the various ‪#‎BloodBikes‬ groups. This ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ we celebrate a few of them.
Judith Sauberlich
62
Retired RGN
Wife of 1 husband Mother of 2 sons Nana to 3 grandchildren
Since retiring from paid employment my “job” continues around my family, all the usual chores & helping to look after my grandchildren, which I love.
I am also a Community Councillor (equivalent to English parish council) & help manage the Community Centre hall in my area
I have been involved with Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes, a charity set up & run by volunteers to transfer urgent samples & medical supplies between hospitals in D&G & beyond, free of charge to the NHS, since March 2015.
I don’t ride a bike & never have & I think I’m too old to start now !!
I have 3 roles within the charity
Vice Chair, Controller manager & fundraiser
No 2 days are the same. If I am controlling I will log onto the phone via an internet switchboard to take calls from the local hospitals & dispatch riders, then keep in contact with the riders until they are back home again, problem solving for the riders
where necessary & being their point of contact.
This could be during the daytime or overnight.We cover a planned daily run on weekdays but often another request will come in during the day to collect samples to transfer between hospitals. My life continues around being on control for BB, I normally volunteer for 2 shifts a week.
New controllers receive training & then ongoing support & may be based anywhere in the region between Stranraer in the west & Gretna in the east. I am responsible for this along with another volunteer.
Fundraising takes place in various ways & on an ongoing basis around the region, at roadshows at local supermarkets, attending events & festivals during the year & we are currently setting up a programme of talks over 2016 with the areas’ Women’s Institutes. This will mainly be about raising awareness of the charity’s work, which is very important.
Being Vice Chair is very useful as I have an oversight of most areas of the charity. I am passionate about Blood Bikes & hearing about the difference we can make to local patients by speeding up diagnosis, & treatment is just amazing & makes it all worthwhile, my time that I give freely is time well spent if it helps someone.
I think the controllers & fundraisers are the “backroom staff” in a way as the face of Blood Bikes is the riders (& the bikes !) & rightly so – they are the ones out riding but we are all important parts of one big team that makes up D&GBB.