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Telling the world what we do for #VolunteersWeek

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,

Where is it all coming from? #VolunteersWeek

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.

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 –

Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes go live!

Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes (NBB) have made a landmark journey across Nottingham, transporting urgent blood samples for the very first time. Having recently signed an agreement with the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, the local mental health and community service provider, their service went live for the first time today.

Initially covering the requirements of Highbury Hospital near Bulwell, the service will expand in the coming months to cover more of the Trust’s hospitals throughout the County, including Rampton and Lings Bar.

They had already begun working with King’s Mill Hospital to transport donor breast milk for premature babies,

NABB short listed for Charity Awards 2016

The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) is delighted to announce that it has made the short list for this year’s CAF Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector. This year the awards involve thirty charities, split into 10 categories with NABB short listed in the Healthcare and medical research category. NABB represents 27 local blood bikes charities around the UK and the work which NABB does supports each of these local groups in providing a professional standard rapid response courier service to NHS hospitals. This service is provided by the local groups free of charge to the NHS and a number of air ambulance charities,

Endurance race raises £15k + for Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes!

A DRAGON boat racing crew from Crosby has raised more than £15,000 for charity after taking on a 128 mile canal challenge.

The Crosby Crusaders, who meet and train every Sunday morning at Crosby Lakeside, travelled the entire length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal across seven days. It is the first time that anyone has ever used this type of boat to travel the length of the canal. Donations poured in for the crew, who took two dragon boats, with the money going to the Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes, which provides a cost free service to the NHS,