Blood Bike Raven II

Yamaha FJR 1300. Funded by donations from Lynn’s Raven Cafe

Lynn’s Raven café located in Prees Heath just outside of Whitchurch in Shropshire is a place many of our riders and members have come to regard as a home from home over the last 2 years. The biker friendly café, truck stop and event venue run by Lynn Mills and Pete Lea always offers a friendly welcome, great home cooked food and plenty of banter to all who visit.

Since the very beginning of SSBB the café and the regular group of riders who meet there, known as the Raven Riders, have been avid supporters of what we do, with donations collected at the regular Thursday bike nights, ride outs, charity toy and egg runs, and bike shows, to live music events and 5 a side football, they have done it all for SSBB, raising over £6000 in the process.

In honour of all of these wonderful people, who we are very proud to have as supporters, members and above all friends; our Yamaha FJR was named “Raven II” (being the second bike to have carried this name).

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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