Blood Bike Millie Bea

Yamaha FJR 1300. Funded by The Morrisons Foundation

The bike was purchased primarily through a fantastic donation of £10k from the Morrisons Foundation, and was only the second brand new motorcycle the charity had purchased in its first 2.5 years of operation.

All of our blood bikes are named, and this time we decided to hold a “name the blood bike” competition to give supporters the chance to have their chosen name on our new bike.

The competition was held at Morrisons store in Lawley Telford, with over 60 names being entered. There were some extremely worthy candidates with very moving stories behind them, making it a tough choice for our judges.

But in the end one story stood out, about a brave little girl who has a form of cerebral palsy which means she can’t use her legs properly.

After reading Millie’s story, we wanted to show our support for this special little girl and her family in their fundraising and also with the challenges ahead which they face.

So in the end there was a clear winner and our new blood bike was named Millie Bea. You can read about her on her website – https://www.milliebeaswalkingwish.org.uk/

What people say about us

“The blood bikes are vital to getting our life saving faecal transplants to critically ill patients with C. dificile infection”

Professor Peter Hawkey, FMT Service Lead, PHE Public Health Laboratory Birmingham

“On a regular basis we need to transport samples urgently, between Shrewsbury and Telford, and also from here in Shropshire to Birmingham and beyond. In the past it has been quite difficult, out of hours, to get those samples moving quickly, so it has made a huge difference to us to be able to rely on blood bikes to get those samples moving for us.”

Debbie Jones, Support Services Care Group Director Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

“The voluntary service the blood bikes offer us has been instrumental in widening the scope of our FMT service across the country and ensuring costs are a low as possible for the NHS”

Dr Vicki McCune, FMT Service Manager PHE Public Health Laboratory Birmingham

“There is certainly times when the quicker we can get results back, the better the outcome for the patient, so blood bikes are helping to save lives and, at the same time, they are saving the NHS lots of money”

Debbie Jones, Support Services Care Group Director Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

“We are so grateful to the volunteer riders who give up their time to courier blood products and urgent samples for testing between our hospitals and the regional NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) centre in Birmingham. Every minute counts when it comes to helping seriously-ill and injured patients and being able to call on the blood bikes round the clock helps us to provide safe, effective treatment and transfusions.”

Paula Gardener, Chief Nurse Burton Hospital Trust (covering Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth)

“We very much appreciate all of their efforts and the support they give both SaTH and the wider NHS.”

Debbie Jones, Support Services Care Group Director Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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