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This little fellow knows he is in a safe place because the driver is an SSCBB volunteer. Think he probably just popped in for a snack.

 

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It certainly is, I have another 4 photos of him on the dashboard!

How beautiful a loved one who has passed on coming to say hello

Is that real ???

How lovely. 😍

The face of a man who has just completed his 700th Blood Bike job.  Just outside the Witton Street entrance to the labs at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Very well done John (TT) H!

 

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Well done mate

👏👏👏🌈

Kat Orchard

Brilliant work John, great achievement keep up the great work

Great work well done John on the milestone

Well done John. 700TH job how many days without a call. That is the true representation of your commitment. 👏

You guys seem to spend more time in Brum than us freewheelers!

Well done, thank you 👏 a great organisation

Thank you John , you truly are a life saver 👏👏

Great effort fine Sir ! Big up the team effort ! 👏👏👏👏

Great stuff, John

Great work John Thank you

You all do an amazing job. Xxx

Top job well done and thank you

Good effort John!

Well done John. 👍👍👍

Great work as usual. Well done!!!!

Great work my friend !

Well done John

Well done that man! 😀

Even before I saw the name I knew ha ha, well done bro

Thanks for your service. 💕

Brilliant.

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SSCBB riders and controllers have been extra busy over the recent weeks meeting the demands brought about by Covid 19. So, it was very nice to receive a letter of appreciation from Mr Warnes, Accountable Officer at Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group Headquarters

"On behalf of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs, GP practices and the wider health community I am writing to thank you and your volunteer riders for your support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your blood bike riders have regularly supported the urgent delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to GP practices, pharmacies and to our vulnerable patients who are in receipt of Personal Health Budgets and due to the nature of their condition will be shielding. In the early weeks of the pandemic, there were considerable challenges with obtaining sufficient supply of PPE for our smaller GP practices and other system partners. The support of your riders in helping to distribute PPE enabled our vulnerable patients to be safely treated at home and for many of our practices to stay open, safely seeing and treating their patients.
Over the last five months, Shropshire, Staffordshire Cheshire blood bikes have made over 40 separate deliveries, helping to deliver; surgical masks, aprons, eye protection, gloves and hand sanitiser, helping to keep patients and those who care for them safe We could not have done this without you." Thank you Mr Warnes.
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It has been a pleasure you have my number 👍

Our supporters will be aware that our usual fundraising activities have been suspended for the time being.  We were very grateful recently to receive a telephone call from Toni, the Treasurer of Stoke Rotary Club advising us that their members, following a previous talk by Speaker Team Member Charlie N., were wanting to present us with a donation of £250.00.  Charlie took the opportunity of taking Bloodbike Bundy along to meet some Rotary members.  Pictured are:   David Woolrich (Club Secretary) - Elaine Parkes (Club President) - Charlie - Denise Powell (Club Vice President) and Toni Jastrzebski (Club Treasurer).  Thank you so much for thinking of us.
Our amazing colleagues, Michael and Alex, part of the RSUH pathlab team are selling SSCBB face masks and snoods on our behalf.Theyve raised £200 already and are still going strong.Those of you concerned about social distancing, note, the bike was wiped down before and after the photo and the lads work side by side in an office no bigger than a broom cupboard! Thank you gentlemen, you are the best.

 

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Rowan Bradbury-Eason

Ace job from my favourite path lab. Well done all. 😊

Fantastic #teamwork

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 excellent work team. How do we purchase a mask or snood, please?

Brilliant, well done guys 👏

How can we purchase the face mask and snood please?

Way to go lads

Where can the face masks be purchased from ?

Busy lads

Me too ?..

Well done! 👏🏻 I want a mask, how do we get one?

And me xx

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Since our charity was formed in 2014, our bikes and riders have travelled a million miles delivering urgent samples for our local NHS hospitals. Well done to all our riders, controllers, fundraisers, speakers and the Committee. And thanks to all our amazing donors who have made it possible. A selection of smiles from the past few years (pre-social distancing)!

 

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Very proud to be part of this fantastic team.

Brilliant well done all involved 👏

What an incredible milestone - thank you for the amazing work you do!!!!👏👏👏

Thank you for what you do.

You all do an amazing job, giving your services free. 👏👏

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Earlier this week we heard from Jan Shields, Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist at RSH . “Huge thanks for all that you do for us. Two journeys made for the Blood Transfusion Lab at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital today. The first was a sample taken to the National Blood Service in Liverpool to check for foetal cells in mums circulation and the second was to the National Blood Service in Birmingham to deliver an urgent request for blood for a patient with complex transfusion requirements. We really appreciate all that you do for us. Stay safe”.  And it was SSCBB rider Chris Barnard on blood bike ‘Spirit of Rotary’ that made those deliveries, some 296 miles.

 

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Thank you “Chris” and All at SSCBB we do appreciate all that you do for us at SATH 🥰🙏

My pleasure 🙂

well done Chris and very nice to get such nice feed back from Jan Shields

Well done and thank you 👏

Nice one Chris. That's a very long day!

Well done Chris 👏👏👏👏

Heroes of the road ✌🇬🇧❤🌈

Way to go, very awesome and worthwhile work

Well done Chris 👍

Heroes.!!!!! ❤

100 o/o volunteer Totally professional

And we've had to call on you for help again today- another trip to Birmingham for a patient requiring specialist testing for platelets. Thank you 😊😊

Well done Chris. Job well done! 👍👍👍👏👏👏

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Pleased to report that one of our trustees is looking a lot tidier now. Looking very smart in her SSCBB face mask. Oh, and thank you Visor Bikes for Nicolas visor - making By Nicola hairdressing salon safer.

 

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You make the rest of us look untidy now🙄

Where did you get the mask from

At every point of every day, #SSCBB operates 6 shifts, totalling to 7800 shifts per year! These shifts are split into:
1300 controller shifts 📞
5200 rider shifts 🏍
1300 committee shifts 👥  If you would like to get involved with our #charity, as part a controller, rider, or part of the committee contact us or find out more here: https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/join-us/
We are indebted to those companies who have chosen us as their charity and who make an all important monthly donation to our funds. This is so important currently, whilst we are unable to do any face to face fundraising.
One of these companies is Springcare Ltd, a group of residential and nursing homes in Shropshire, Cheshire and Wirral. Our photos were taken pre-covid and feature our rider Charles and the staff and residents at Beech House.Thank you Springcare.Image attachment

 

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Great photos. ❤️

We are an urgent #VolunteerService providing transportation of #blood products, for free, to #NHS hospitals across #Shropshire, #Staffordshire and #Cheshire.  We currently serve a total of 14 hospitals, 2 Hospices, 2 Human Milk Banks and 3 NHS Blood Banks.  For more information, take a look at our website: https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/hospitals-we-serve/

 

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When do think you will commence recruiting again??....

You all do an awesome job, many thanks. 👏👏

So proud to be a part of the team since 2014, That rider looks good! 🙂

So lucky to have you 🌈🌈

 

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Sorry I could not make it Helen well done everyone it been a pleasure to help out

Thank you all once again for helping us make it possible to get PPE to those that needed it.

And Visor Bikes xx

Well done

A Mega relay yesterday, carrying samples from  Edinburgh to Central London.  Seven different blood bike groups involved.  Our Chas Wooton collected the samples from Yorkshire White Knights and transported them to Hilton Park to hand over to Midland Freewheelers.  Due to arrive at their final destination by 22:00

 

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Fantastic team work how it should be well done

Great work guys hope you all have a safe ride

Spotted you out and about several times keep up the good work.

Much respect for all you do. Fantastic team work.☝️

You ALL DO A FANTASTIC JOB 👏👏👏👏👍

Zach (Mark Powis) took it from Hilton on behalf of Midlands Freewheelers

Great work guys, keep up the good work

Well done!

Brilliant by all involved

Brilliant work! Well done to all involved x

Brilliant

Amazing service 👍🏍

Fantastic job

I’m in awe of you people 🌈🌈

Amazing

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SSCBB involved in another FMT relay today, this time our rider Phil Hudson set off from Birmingham and met Yorkshire White Knights Rider Laurence Turner at Barlborough.  Laurence is taking the FMT on to Scarborough General Hospital. #itswhatwedo

 

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Well done to both of you. Ride safe.

Wonderful! Thank you! 👍👍👍

Well done guys. 👏👏

Amazing guys. X

Great job

Good job done

Well done all

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We would have been at the RSH Family Fun Day this weekend but it had to be cancelled.  Our best wishes to all our NHS colleagues across our 3 counties.
Been a busy day at SSCBB today. We’ve had collections and deliveries in all 3 counties  including Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Stoke on Trent, Burton on Trent, Coventry, Chester and Speke.  We also had a call from the Neonatal Ward at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital asking if we’d collect some breast milk from Stoke on Trent.  They had a baby in urgent need and the Milk Banks are closed at the weekend. Our volunteer had a ride over to Stoke and back, dealing with the many variations of weather that we’ve had today!  Here’s our lovely bike, Idris, all packed up and ready to leave Royal Stoke with the milk.

 

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Did 127 miles in North Staffs today including a very nice care home. Very wet but, as ever, very satisfying.

Fab job, thank you for all you do.

Great day for all of you. Brilliant.

Thank you SSCBB had a delivery and collection on Tuesday and Wednesday from Derby Hospital. Great service x

Well done you guys are priceless.

Thank you SSCBB.❤☝️

Great work all involved!

Great work as always

Great work ppl,

Stay safe guys

Super job done by all

Well done all

Well done 👏👏

Great to get back on a Blood Bike following a 3 month gap, nice run to UHC despite a stormy blast on the M6.

Well done👏👏👏

Nice one well done 👍

So Precious

Well done team

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We have been overwhelmed with offers of support and kind folk wanting to make a donation towards our operational costs at a time when we cant do public facing fundraising events.  There are many ways that you can donate to our funds, such as setting up a page over at #JustGiving or downloading one of our sponsorship forms! ❤️  We really appreciate your kindness and support! #SSCBB Find out more here: https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/donate/
We have put together a list of our most frequently asked questions! 🏍 So you now have all you need to know about our charity and how to become a blood biker! #FAQ Take a look here - https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/sscbb-faq/

 

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And must be under the age of 75 🤗🤗

Blood Bikes dont just deliver to hospitals and Laboratories. When a hospital contacted us to assist a dialysis patient in rural Shropshire, we responded. But it wasnt yesterday’s torrential rain, mud strewn roads, the field full of sheep, track full of Cows or the 6 farm dogs that came to investigate, which curtailed the Blood Bike’s journey, it was the cavernous cattle grid with the missing bar. Not to be deterred, our rider, Howard J, got off his steed, Mariner,  and walked the rest of the way to get the job done!! Ordinary people going the extra mile to help others.  #itswhatwedoImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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Awesome. You guys are just awesome. X

All these people that do these selfless acts of kindness are really the what the whole of society should aspire to be like. These people are what make the world go around and keep society functioning

Well done! Had a similar job myself a few weeks ago and was really glad to be on our F800 they really are superb for this type of terrain. Was very apprehensive at first but the bike lapped it up.

Despite owning an FJR and being familiar with manoeuvring in tight places, I was grateful to be on 'the little BMW' on one shout earlier this week. In a 'tight spot' I would have had difficulty had I been on the FJR.

Well done Howard life as a volunteer is never dull and each day is different we are very lucky to have a wounderful team of dedicated people To our unsung heroes thankyou all for you do it is very much appreciated🙏🙏

Well done Howard J I remember one of our riders in West Wales had a similar trudge up a muddy lane and across a field😎 #itswhatwedo

Amazing person, thank your for your VOLUNTARY service. 👏👏🥇

You are all amazing - thank you for all your time & efforts xx☀️☀️

WOW!!!!!! Thankyou for all that you do.x

Well done Howard 👏👏

fab job as always-thank you all 🙂

Excellent job done

Howard - had a similar shout earlier this year in a tiny village near Bridgenorth- would have been better on a crosser than an FJR 🙂

Well done that man, above and beyond. 👏👏👏

What an amazing man well done my friend

Nice one Howard

Need the right tool for the job.

Well done

Well done young man

Well done 👏 👏

Well done 👏

Good job!

Heroes.

Above and beyond

Well done Howie, now I know why you were looking for the jet washer!

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SSCBB rider Mike P treated blood bike Imogen to a wash and brush up ready for his shift today. Imogen is an FJR 1300 donated to us by The Heath Big Local, a lottery funded charity which gave money to good causes in the Uttoxeter area. We named the bike Imogen after a young lady called Imogen Evans who sadly passed away in September 2016. She suffered from a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma. We were able to support Imogen and her family by delivering blood samples from her home for testing and enabling her to stay home with her loved ones.

 

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Thanks Mike This bike is very special to me . Seems like yesterday that we got Adam Peaty to officially launch her at the Fire Station Where has the time gone

This is Imogen in memory of my grand daughter. Its great to seex

I mogen..... My god daughter 🤘🏻

Ah my niece's bike x

100 o/o volunteer Totally professional

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Cheers Mick. Cant beat coffee and a cake!

 

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nice job

Deserved

Enjoy 😊

Well done Mick

I like the meal tray attachment. Wondered what they were for. Now I know lol

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Yesterday our rider Phil H was involved in an urgent ‘relay’. He met up with Andy P from Severn Freewheelers EVS at Frankley Services (M5) for the handover of a package and then made his way to Hartshead Moor Services (M62) to rendezvous with Matthew B from Whitefriars Yorkshire. Round trip of 292 miles for our Phil in reasonable weather conditions – well done. #itswhatwedoImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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Well done all. Volunteers "Best of the Best"

Fantastic work, well done xx

Fantastic team work Well Done to all involved xxxx

Just brilliant team work and co-ordination.

Well done guys keep up your amazing work .Stay safe 💙💙🥰

Amazing work, gentlemen! Well done 🩸

Utmost respect for all the volunteers at Blood Bikes 👏👏👏🏍🏍

Well done, all, and the controllers too.

Fantastic service. 👏🏻👏🏻

👏👏👏👏👏👌 PROUD of you ALL 👍

And then onwards north to yet another Blood Biker group! Fantastic, well done all involved

Well done guys 👍

Well done

Phil H, we spotted you on the M6 (you were headed south) we were heading North. Great job 👍

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Thank you and keep up the good work

Fantastic, thank you.

Thank you BP, much appreciated.

 

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A big thank you to BP....👍

Well done BP.👍

Chris Hill

As of today, SSCBB have 365 volunteers, thats one for every day of the year! Teamwork is the key to successful volunteering and our riders, controllers, fundraisers, speakers and trustees all work together for the good of our charity - well done to you all. And well done to all our supporters.

 

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As one volunteer to 365 others. Well done,keep helping and thank you.

Fantastic achievement, congratulations folks, great job.

Would love to join and help

Thanks again BP!

 

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Nice that your service is getting a help in hand nice one BP

Well deserved

Well done Chris and BP!

This lady is June Wall, who sadly died in April as a result of acute myeloid leukaemia in the cancer ward of the Royal Stoke Hospital. She had previously battled with lymphoma with success and later had a successful stem cell transplant.  She was a much loved and admired lady who together with husband, Dave, raised considerable funds for our charity through the Staffordshire and Shropshire Mark Masons fundraising initiative. This resulted in two blood bikes being donated to us by the Province – Mark Mason and Mark Mariner and a further bike – Prince Michael being donated by the Mark Benevolent Fund.  June was a past Chair of a Lady Freemason Lodge and raised funds for us in 2017. Dave chose to have funds donated at her funeral directed to our charity and we have been totally overwhelmed at the amount raised – over £5,200. Thank you so much.
Dave and June were married for 49 years and never a day passed when they did not say to each other “I love you”. We are sure she will have been proud to see our blood bike ‘Mark Mason’ ridden by our rider Ian B, arrive at their home on Monday to thank Dave and all his friends, fellow masons and neighbours for their support.Image attachment

 

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My wonderful godparents! Miss auntie June so much ! 💞 Uncle Dave - u r doing amazing ! So very proud of u xx

Wonderful gesture. RIP June X

How wonderful that the charity has been remembered at this very sad time for her family.

An amazing gesture..... RIP June

Dear June we will miss you RIP x

Amazing gesture xx

Thank you W Bro David 👏🌈💚🥇

Thankyou W Bro David for the wonderfull donation

She will be very sadly missed.

Pamela Headley Sharon Dayson

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We are so grateful for any support that we receive, particularly at the moment.  @BP are being really generous and giving free fuel to emergency services in these difficult times, they have extended this to include all liveried Blood Bikes. Here is Prince Michael, one of our bikes, being filled up and taking advantage of BP’s generosity.  Thanks BP!
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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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