Blood bikers complete 9,000 lifesaving calls

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CHARITY North West Blood Bikes Lancashire and Lakes completed 9,000 call-outs last year.

The charity started in May 2012 and the group of approximately 250 volunteers has grown in the last three years.

In the first year, the group completed 800 call outs, every one being potentially life saving and that number has since soared.

The volunteers answer calls from the hospitals and dispatch riders, collecting and delivering urgently needed whole blood, platelets, samples for analysis, medication, patient notes, and other items between NHS hospitals without charging the hospitals.

The group has taken samples to hospitals as far away as Charing Cross, Great Ormand Street, Cardiff, Abingdon, Sheffield, Leeds and all at no cost to the NHS, which is estimated to have saved hospitals in the North West close to £1m.

Chairman and founder, Paul Brooks, said: “I am so proud of every single member.

“We are a team and a song has been written about us called ‘Angels on Two Wheels’ – and these guys really are.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”