Blood Bikes

Last Tuesday evening, 11th May, Fordingbridge Rotery was treated to an excellent highly interesting talk about “Blood Bikes” (see attached photo)

Robert Smith, from “Serv Wessex”, part of the National Association of Blood Bikes, explained what the organisation is like and what it’s like to be a blood biker. One of Fordingbridge Rotary members, is one of the 130 volunteers, that ride and drive for the organisation. It was explained that all the bikers, and drivers, have to be re-assessed every two years.

The organisation is responsible for transporting blood, blood products, human milk, some controlled drugs, and medical equipment, mainly for the NHS, and sometimes in conjunction with Air Ambulance, covering the areas of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. It is always on the lookout for fund-raising activities and opportunities. These “Blood Runners” are 100% volunteers, and run solely on charitable donations. All the dispatchers, riders and drivers donate their own time and fuel, to provide a free service. They come from all walks of life.