Great North Air Ambulance Scheme ‘saved lives’

Eighteen lives have been saved as a result of air ambulances carrying blood on board, the charity has said.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which covers the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, started the scheme in January 2015.

Since then, medics have performed 60 transfusions, a third of which were deemed to have been of critical importance to survival.

Many others have had their outcomes improved by having the intervention.

Dr Rachel Hawes, who is also a doctor on the air ambulance, used her experiences as officer in the Army Reserve –

Dumfries and Galloway receive funding boost

Over the last month Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes have received £37,250 in grants and funding to boost the service provided to the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway, we have received £22,250 for 2 Yamaha FJR1300 motorcycles direct from Yamaha UK from NHS Dumfries and Galloway Endowment Fund, £12,000 from Morrisons Foundation for a further Yamaha FJR 1300 again direct from Yamaha UK, with a £2,000 grant from Dumfries and Galloway Safety Partnership, this money with the Morrisons money, as well as the purchase of the  motorcycle is to pay for rider training, protective hi viz jackets and video cameras for each bike.

Masons make their Mark for a new blood bike

Northumbria Blood Bikes has welcomed a donation of £18,000 from the national Mark Benevolent Fund of the Masons. This donation will purchase and equip a new motorcycle, together with fuel for its first year of service. The new motorcycle will assist the group to continue its service to the public in the North East of England.

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.

Here come the girls

Here come the girls! (and they’re all Blood Bikers!)

This Boxing Day, the Northumbria group of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes will be running their first ever all women shift.

‘Northumbria Blood Bikes’ is one of the member groups of The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes. They are a voluntary organisation that provides a free, out of hours, medical essentials delivery service will be running an entire 12 hour shift on Boxing Day 2015, manned solely by women. Carrying everything from blood, surgical tools and x-rays to donated breast milk for premature babies, the Blood Bikers are the unseen emergency service.

Blood Bikes and O2 seek volunteers through Awareness Day on 14th August

The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikers (NABB) is often described as ‘The Unseen Emergency Service’ and on Friday 14 August in partnership with O2, will be an annual Awareness Day for the charity. The event aims to increase awareness and encourage volunteers to the organisation.

Throughout the day O2 will be hosting live Twitter chats with the hashtag #BloodBikeDay

to help people understand what the NABB as a voluntary service offers to the public, which could involve transporting vital blood, plasma, serum, x-rays, instruments, MRI scans and donated breast milk for premature babies between locations to where they are most needed.