Trackers keep tabs on blood

Tracking: Mark Downing, MD of Scorpion Automotive, with Paul Brooks the chairman of NW Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes
Tracking: Mark Downing, MD of Scorpion Automotive, with Paul Brooks the chairman of NW Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes
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A team of night riders who deliver blood and urgent medical supplies to hospitals across Lancashire will now be able to have their exact location traced after having their motorbikes fitted with tracking devices.

North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes is a charitable organisation which involves experienced motorcyclists transporting blood, breast milk for premature babies and other urgent items out-of-hours, to free up hospital funds.

Hospitals usually have to rely on taxi or courier services to provide them with the service and this costs the NHS thousands of pounds each year.

But North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes is saving the NHS money by using a team of around 50 volunteers.

Their work has now been enhanced thanks to Lancashire company Scorpion Automotives which has fitted the bikes with a special tracking device free of charge.

Norman Cork, secretary of North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes, said: “These tracking devices are usually useful for motorcyclists to prevent theft of their vehicles. But the device will be particularly useful for Blood Bikers as hospitals waiting for urgent supplies will be able to keep track of where the motorcyclist is and know how soon to expect them.

“All they have to do is go online and they will be able to find out how many minutes away their urgent supplies are. We are thrilled to work in partnership with Scorpion Automotives.”

Mark Downing, MD of Scorpion Automotive, based at Drumhead Road, Chorley North Business Park, said: “We are a local business and wanted to support North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes as they are a very worthwhile cause and do a great job.

“Some of our own staff are actually going to do some volunteer work for the organisation and we are delighted to have been able to equip the team’s bikes with our tracking devices.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Norman Cork on 07794 030182 or e-mail secretary@nwbb-lancs.org.