NABB News

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 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 –

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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.

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Another of the volunteers around the country for ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ where we celebrate the work of ‪#‎BloodBikes‬.
Tessa Wilkinson
Severn Freewheelers
I’ve been riding blood bikes for little over a year. Many people ask me why I do it and how I fit it in to my very busy life. By day, I’m a business development manager for a trust of schools in the South
West. I run a scheme that brings business and education together so young people can acquire skills needed for work as well as find out all about careers that are available to them.

#VolunteersWeek day 2

Another of the volunteers around the country for ‪#‎VolunteersWeek‬ where we celebrate the work of ‪#‎BloodBikes‬.
I’m not in work as I’m a mature student at the University of Kent. I am also the the head controller for SERV Kent.
During term time, I have lectures, seminars and study to work on during the week. I’m pretty much free on a weekend unless I’m working on an assignment or revising for exams. As such, I don’t have the same daily start time at university as would be the case at work so it easier for me to fit my shifts in around that.

On your marks, get set, for the Great North Run

All of our places for the Great North Run 2016 have now been filled. Watch this space for GNR 2017.

We have obtained a number of charity places for the Great North Run in September, and are offering people to opportunity to run this to our benefit. There is no cost to you as a runner, but you would be expected to raise £150 for us as a charity through sponsorship. We will be working with our colleagues in the North East to publicise this event. If you are interested in obtaining one of our charity places, please get in touch through the Contact Us section of the website.

It’s an Honour, Your Majesty

Northumbria Blood Bikes members are celebrating the appointment of one of their founding local volunteers as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2016 Honours List, “For Services to Public Administration and charity”.

Barry Bullas, has been a committee member of the Northumbria Blood Bikes charity since its inception, and continues to volunteer for them. Barry has been tireless in his efforts as Membership Secretary since the charity was formed in late 2012, recruiting new members, providing comprehensive inductions (including regularly driving new members to the more difficult to find but frequently visited venues), creating a vibrant social media presence,

Let’s hear it for the girls

The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) received an early Christmas present when Maria Costello M.B.E and Amanda Mealing joined their ranks as ambassadors, helping to raise awareness of their crucial work.

Costello was the first woman (solo racer) in the history of the Isle of Man motorcycle races to stand on the podium and founder of ‘Woman on a Motorcycle’. Costello, who received an M.B.E. for services to motorcycling in 2009 said ‘I’m excited to team up with the NABB. Without the work of the Blood Bike charities, hospitals would be forced to pay couriers and taxis to transport urgent products out-of-hours.