Event title: Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes Launch
Venue: RAF Museum Cosford,Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP
Name: Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes
Event description: Everyone is welcome at RAF Cosford for the launch of Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes. Supported by Four-times World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty and former British Champion James Whitham prior to their evening event to support Blood Bikes at Telford (details also on this website)
This charity is all about helping in emergencies ie It is the early hours of the morning and a hospital urgently requires blood. Currently hospitals within Shropshire and Staffordshire have little choice but to call a local taxi company to collect and deliver the blood. The hospital would then be charged retail rates for this “service”, which can cost between £200-300 per trip!
They will also transport a variety of other urgent medical items in addition to blood products, including breast milk (Which is donated by women and used to feed premature babies). This is achieved using temperature controlled boxes attached to our bikes. Furthermore, we are also open to transporting other urgent items such as patient notes, electronic scan information and even small pieces of urgently needed surgical equipment.
The stated aims of the charity are:
1. To support the NHS* by the provision of out-of-hours secure courier transport for any urgent medical requirements, volunteer-supported and funded through private and public donation, primarily but not exclusively within Shropshire and Staffordshire.
2. To save the NHS money, which is currently diverted away from direct patient care.
3. To promote a positive image of the motorcycling community within wider society.
4. To promote safer riding standards.
Across the UK there are groups similar to ours operating for the benefit of their local area. Through co-operation between these groups, we link together to form the Blood Bike Network, which provides such a vital service up and down the country, saving the NHS money on taxis – and most importantly, saving lives!