Blood Bikes Cumbria is part of a nationwide organisation, The Nationwide
Association of Blood Bikes. Each group within the organisation runs independently but follows their guide lines.
Blood Bikes provide out-of-hours transport 365 days of the year to transport urgently needed blood, drugs, human tissue and other medical requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks. We also supply the Great North Air Ambulance with fresh blood for their blood on board service every day of the week regardless of weather conditions.
In doing so we help the NHS Trusts to make financial savings in line with government targets by reducing their transport costs. Normally they employ local taxi firms at commercial rates.
This is all accomplished by volunteers that give up their time to help. No one in the group gets paid. We have a dedicated fleet of liveried vehicles to carry out emergency transfers with blue lights and two tones.
All volunteers have to undergo special training for health and safety, a riding assessment and advanced training to ride under blue light situations. We also have dedicated dispatchers that take the calls and allocate the work.
We are looking for support from local business that has the vision to see the benefits of our service. When an organisation sponsors us their names will also appear on all our literature as supporters.