Location: Lothians, Borders, Fife, Forth Valley
Blood Bikes Scotland offers a free of charge transport service to NHS Lothian, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley. Via a fleet of ten specially adapted hi-viz motorbikes, volunteers transport samples, medication, baby milk, equipment, and documentation between NHS facilities, hospices, patients’ homes and care homes.
The team has undertaken over 6000 since 2018, saving tens of thousands of pounds for the NHS. The service is run entirely by over 100 volunteers who give their time freely to support the NHS, and all funds are generated via fundraising.
The charity was founded 2012 with only a handful of volunteers and a couple of bikes. Service for the NHS commenced in 2015. In March 2017, all changed for the charity when a new chairman was appointed, and the charity has since grown in volunteer numbers and have raised enough funds to replace the old bikes and now have 9 operational motorbikes, an electric scooter and a car.
The service originally commenced in NHS Borders and Lothian but now delivers in Forth Valley and Fife – covering a huge part of Scotland.
The charity was recognised in 2018 when they won the SCVO Charity of the Year and the Peoples Choice Award and was a top three finalist in the NHS Lothian ‘Celebrating Success Awards’ in the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ category.
John Baxter, Blood Bikes Chairman, said:
We would like to say how delighted we are to be a finalist for this prestigious award. We have only been able to achieve this thanks to the thousands of people who support Blood Bikes Scotland, the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers and to positive and supportive partnerships.