Picture: Denise Wickham (Fundraiser for Blood Bikes Cumbria), Rod Wickham (Rider & Liaison Officer for Blood Bikes Cumbria) and Dani Hope (Marketing Director for Lake District Hotels).
Blood Bikes Cumbria, have been nominated by the general public to become Lake District Hotels Ltd, charity of the year for 2017. The hotel group reached out to the general public to nominate their favourite charity and received a fantastic response with over 600 entries. A large percentage of the nominations were in favour of Blood Bikes Cumbria, here’s a few that really made them stand out from the crowd;
- They provide a vital service delivering blood between Cumbrian hospitals, ensuring the hospitals receive their supplies rapidly. They also save the NHS £1,000s in delivery costs.
- As well as helping the NHS, they also supply the Great North Air Ambulance with fresh blood, every day of the week regardless of weather conditions.
- Without charities like this blood and soft tissue may not get to outlying areas in time. This is a valuable resource run by volunteers.
Blood Bikes Cumbria, is part of a nationwide organization that provides 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. The charity was set up to save the NHS money which was being spent using public taxi services to provide this service.
Rod Wickham, Rider & Liaison Officer for Blood Bikes Cumbria, commented, “We are delighted to have been chosen by Lake District Hotels as their charity of the year. Our riders, drivers, controllers and fundraisers work together to provide this vital service for the people of Cumbria. To have the support from the Lake District Hotels group will give a huge boost to the morale of our volunteers and also much needed funds to allow us to continue. We look forward to working together during the year.”
Dani Hope, Marketing Director for Lake District Hotels, commented, “We’re pleased to have Blood Bikes Cumbria as our chosen charity, it’s a great cause which needs the support of local people to keep it running. To kick start our fundraising efforts, join us on Keswick’s Market Square on Sunday 26th February for our pancake competition, to see who can do the most flips of a pancake in 30 seconds. The winner will receive dinner for two in the award-winning Brossen Steakhouse and all money raised will go to Blood Bikes Cumbria.”
The Cumbrian area is 1 of the 48 groups within the organisation and is made up of a team of 90 volunteers who run independently following the National Association of Blood Bikes guide lines. All riders are required to have an advanced motorcycle riding qualification, car drivers require an advanced driving qualification, any new riders and drivers must shadow an experienced member and are only allowed to work on their own when they fully understand the procedures and their mentor is satisfied.
Lake District Hotels Limited is a group of seven family owned and run hotels, based in pretty market towns or with stunning lakeside locations. From a 17th century coaching inn, to award winning four star lakeshore hotels with AA rosette restaurants, each hotel has its own inimitable style and all provide a warm and hospitable Cumbrian welcome.