5 of the NABB member groups were recently in receipt of fabulous news. As part of the Freemasons Ter Centenary, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, giving away £3,000,000 in grants, have granted between £15,000 and £25,000 to each of the groups to allow for purchase of new vehicles. Northumbria Blood Bikes (£15,000), Derbyshire Blood Bikes (£25,000), Midland Freewheelers (£25,000), Cornwall Blood Bikes (£25,000), and Devon Freewheelers (15,000) were given money to the total of £105,000. As a blood bike community, we are all massively grateful to the public, our supporters, for their help in this. It makes a huge difference.
Bike Stop Launch Partnership With Blood Bikes In Support Of National Blood Bikes Awareness Day (11th August 2017)
Bike Stop, the long-standing Stevenage-based store of high quality motorcycle gear, are proud to support the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and start a new partnership with this charitable association, just in time for the National Blood Bikes Awareness Day. The event takes place on Friday, 11th August this year.
To celebrate the event and raise awareness about this great cause, Bike Stop are launching an ongoing special offer for all Blood Bikes members.
Today, we celebrate the hard, free, constant and fabulous support of over 2,700 volunteers across the UK and Ireland, who provide a seamless service, free to the NHS, often alone, without seeking glory for what they do. Today, this is your day.
PR and publicity is an increasingly important area for any charity. In a world increasingly saturated with media it is ever more important that we can get our message across and let people know who we are and why we are here. We can now reach so many people, so much more easily than we could even just a few years ago, but the internet, social media and the traditional press and broadcasters all need content and its up to us in PR to provide that.
PR is always a bit removed from the front end of the charity,
Q: What’s the link between Kentucky (USA), Perth (Western Australia), Cameroon (W Africa), Vancouver, Ottawa, Brussels and Freiburg (Germany)?
A: They have all approached NABB enquiring about starting a Blood Bike group in their country.
In fact, Perth in Australia now has an operational group, with Kentucky hoping to start in the next couple of months. The situation in Canada is a little different as one of the start up initiatives (Vancouver) has actually been initiated by NABB from the UK after we were approached directly by a local hospital. In response to this enquiry, we have ‘reached out’ to various motorcycling groups in the Vancouver area and are now actively involved in dialogue with a group that is keen to move forward.
There are two things which any of our group need to be sustainable; money and volunteers. To some extent, it’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation. However, to do anything, each of the blood bike charities in the UK and Ireland need money.
Every weekend, without fail, and in all weathers, you can be sure that there will be several groups of people at a venue, raising money for their local blood bike group, in supermarkets, school fairs, sponsored events, talks, and other wonderful activities. These are the main stay which will generally cover the running costs the charity.