Graham Moor

This author Graham Moor has created 33 entries.

It’s #VolunteersWeek – by Royal Assent

On day 2 of  Volunteers Week, we have some rather special news to share, with not 1 but 2 NABB member groups being awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This is the MBE for groups, and is the highest honour that a group can receive.

Northumbria Blood Bikes

Northumbria Blood Bikes, a registered charity established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites in North East England, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2017, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and the equivalent of an MBE.

It’s #VolunteersWeek

Around the world, many people volunteer to undertake activities which are needed and / or make them feel some degree of an inner glow.

Around the UK and Ireland (and increasingly around the world, people are volunteering to volunteer for #BloodBikes groups, in a variety of roles. This week, we will celebrate some of the activities which #Volunteers undertake through the year. It would be just wonderful if we could all celebrate the work of our volunteers involved in our work with us this week.

We’ll be sharing different roles each day, starting with one of the most important aspects of our work –

John Surtees CBE

At the time of posting this notice, the funeral for John Surtees CBE is taking place at
Worth Abbey in Sussex, attended by hundreds of invited guests including notable
figures from the World of motorsport and entertainment. It is a huge honour that Mel
Johnson is amongst the guests to pay our respect to John and pass our condolences to
his family.

Mel is attending in his capacity as a Trustee of SERV(Kent), representing
SERV(Kent), The NABB, Northumbria Bloodbikes, Cumbria Bloodbikes, Devon
Freewheelers, White Knights Bloodbikes, SERV (Norfolk), and Lincolnshire
Emergency Bloodbike Service.

Great North Run 2017

We are under starter’s orders for the Great NorthRun 2017. We have places for allocation, just need a group of souls willing to put their lives on hold (only joking) to raise some hefty pots of cash for NABB. Visit our GNR page for more information.

Blood Bikes Awareness Day

Today, Friday 12 August is the second #BloodBikesDay. Blood bikes groups from everywhere are celebrating what it means to do what we do. From those small groups which are embryonic in nature to the larger more established groups. All of the blood bikes groups are run by volunteers and all of the work is done by volunteers, delivering the service free at the point of need. We have many hospitals, and air ambulance charities as our clientele across the UK, and we feel proud of what we do. As all of our work is free, each group needs to raise its own funds to pay for this service,

#VolunteersWeek day 7

Another of the volunteers around the country for ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ where we celebrate the work of ‪#‎BloodBikes‬.
Kim Brewin, 43, Data Manager at a large Oil & Gas company. I trained as an analytical chemist, worked at a government laboratory and then moved here. I have worked for the company for 20 years and in this role for 14.
Data Manager
It is not as boring as you think. I get to talk to people all over the world on a daily basis. It is not always about work, you find out about their surroundings and their likes and dislikes too.

#VolunteersWeek day 6

Another of the volunteers around the country for ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ where we celebrate the work of ‪#‎BloodBikes‬.
Kirsty Lawrence, 27 years old, Community Champion at Tesco Consett Genesis Extra. Volunteer Shift Controller, Fundraiser and Publicity Officer for Northumbria Blood Bikes.
I’m responsible for… My day job consists of supporting my local community in a variety of ways. My main responsibilities are managing donation and bag packing requests, supporting people who have asked for help with projects or events, looking after our in store community space and I am also a Farm to Fork Trail Guide so teach primary school children about where their food comes from.

#VolunteersWeek day 5

Another of the volunteers around the country for ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ where we celebrate the work of ‪#‎BloodBikes‬.
My name is Kathy Drogemuller and I am 54
I work for the LEGO Group and in January 2015 reduced my working week from a fulltime, 5 days per week position to 4 days in order to allow me to fulfil my ambition to sit as a Justice of the Peace. I have also since established myself as a professional proofreader. With one ‘extra’ day off per week I find I can commit to being on SERV duty one weekend (2 days) per month –

#VolunteersWeek day 4

Another of the volunteers around the country for ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ where we celebrate the work of ‪#‎BloodBikes‬.
My name is Jillian Hailes. I am 26 and I currently work at Herne CE Infant and Nursery School in Kent. I also volunteer as a Blood runner for SERV Kent. Here is my advice for anyone wanting to be a Bloorunner:
1. Be prepared to leave wherever you are. Being on call can mean I sometimes miss out on social events. A memorable night was when I was called out on a blood run whilst at a 1950s jive dancing night and roamed the hospitals looking like an extra from grease and receiving a mixture of strange looks and
smiles from hospital staff.