News Roundup of January

Here is a roundup of all the news we have shared on our Facebook page throughout January. It has been a busy month for us.

31st December

All at Blood Bikes Wales would like to wish a very happy new year to all of the thousands of people who supported us during 2016. We wouldn’t be able to operate if it wasn’t for the massive amounts of support we get from followers, sponsors, and supporters across the country so massive thanks to you all and hope to see you all soon in the new year.

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8th January

Hi folks, thought you might like to see this from one of our riders who works in the Aberystwyth area and was on call:

“At Morrison’s this morning for Brekki a woman came over and paid for my breakfast saying we do a fantastic job and wished us all well riding in all conditions it was pea soup this morning waiting for food and what happens …. Bob phones with a call urgent Meds thanked the lady don’t know if Morrison’s gave her money back but Thank you”

We would just like to say a BIG thank you to this lady and to all of you folks out there who continue to give us the support we need to do this fantastic voluntary job. If the lady would like to get in touch with us, we’ll find out if she got the money back or just eat the meal!!

Not every weekend where we work goes easy, and one example is the post below, where three of our bikes decided they wanted a rest for the weekend.

January saw us launch a new campaign to replace some of our fleet of bikes, which are starting to become less reliable

12th January

We recently received feedback that some of our supporters have had difficulty to make donations, so we have now set up a just giving page, with the focus on raising money to replace the oldest machines we have, as well as raising much needed funds to operate the service. Feel free to share as far as possible, the more help the better. Here’s the link below.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/bloodbikes-wales/NewBikeFundforBloodBikesWales

15th January

Its been quite a weekend for the BB/W team. We’ve had over 50 runs so far (still a little bit to go) not including a relay with Bristol freewheelers Friday night to get urgent notes to University Hospital Wales and an out of the ordinary milk run from Ross on Whye today. It wasn’t all plain sailing though with the Trophy being a casualty of the ice on Friday and suffering a broken screen, the BMW F800 needing rescuing Saturday by the AA due to a fueling issue and finally the Carmarthen BMW RT needing to be recovering back to base due to an electrical fault today. No riders thankfully, anything else we can fix or replace.

So 50+, 2 relay runs with other groups and 3 broken bikes. Not to mention collections across the area.

Well done to everyone involved. Tough weekend but teamwork and shear bloody mindedness got every job done, this is why I’m so proud to be a part of this group and the work we all do.

Stay safe.

Below are some of the comments left on the

 

Jane Helped me out twice today. Very helpful, friendly, and efficient service. Thank-you very much for what you do.

Gareth Keep up the great work!

Ged Well done all. Thank you

Alison Stay safe and thank you for all the hard work you put in.

 

We would like to say thanks to this group of people, who cycle for charities, and they have chosen us as one of their charities.

Paul K and I went to a reveal evening for the Lon Las loonies this evening. They have chosen two charities to raise money for this year, Blood Bikes Wales, and the RNLI. They are a group of not your usual pushbike riders who raise money for good causes and have done a fantastic job in the past for St Kentigents, Mencap and others. All they ask is to use the funds to the best of our ability to continue the work we do in helping the NHS in Wales and support the riders on their ride from Rhyl to Cardiff in June.

 

So, we hit a bit of a mile stone this month, this month we had done 200 weeks of service with the NHS, below is the post we put out onto our Facebook public page.

20th January

200 weeks of Blood Bikes Wales Services to NHS Wales

Every Thursday evening an email and a Facebook post is sent out to the “Controllers and Riders” for the following weeks duties. Last night, WEEK 200 info was sent out.

When we started our work, it was a simple weekend list for shifts in Swansea covering Morriston and Singleton Hospitals and was on one page. This weeks is three pages and covers 6 of the 7 Health Boards in Wales. The early days taught us a lot about delivering the services we provide and we are now providing a very professional service and saving NHS wales £K’s with our free service. We are over 300 members now and still growing. We are the biggest Blood Bike Group in the UK which means we are probably the biggest in the world!!!! We would like to thank ALL our supporters and ALL our members both past and present in making this charity of ours so successful. Thank you for reading this – all our volunteer members thank you, the public for the support, best wishes from us all.

20th January

Following a presentation by the Aberystwyth Group to the ladies of Ciliau Aeron WI in October, they kindly passed on a magnificent £500, raised from their wonderful carol singing. We’d like to say a big THANK YOU ladies.

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28th January

We have once again worked in collaboration with Cardiff university for some promotional videos, which are in the final stages of being edited, for us to release over the course of the year. but here is a little piece done by Made in Cardiff, thank you for your time coming down to the Odeon, and thank you to Odeon for hosting our event. ITV were there which we are grateful for.

“Made in Cardiff” TV came down to the Odeon on Monday to film the student promotional films – here’s the link to their programme:

https://www.madeincardiff.tv/player/…

Thanks Tom Evans for coming along. Hope we can do some more programmes with you some time?

30th January

Hi folks, had a great time getting the students films sorted this year and the results are very good. This one gets the message across on costs for us to provide a reliable motorcycle to continue our service to the Welsh Health Boards. Its one of thirteen that have been made for us. We will post some on our website and eventually some more on YouTube.

 

Below are just some of the many images that have been taken over the year of 2016, which has seen us expand our service to the NHS into 6 out of the 7 health boards in the country.