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Rachel Waterson, has kindly donated a beautiful sculpture designed and handcast by Matt Buckley at his studios in Shropshire so that SSCBB might raise funds by selling it. Unusually, Matt has signed the piece, and it is hand painted by Rachel. The piece which is known as ‘Venus’, is a beautiful teal colour, and stands 15” high, 12” wide and 7” deep. It would make an absolutely stunning Christmas present for someone.
You can find out more about Edge Sculptures at www.edgesculpture.com
We are open to offers for the sculpture until December 15th, please email your bid to Lynne at fundraising@ssbbgroup.org.uk  she will let you know on the 15th if you have been successful.
We can arrange delivery to addresses in Staffordshire and Shropshire or you can collect from a Stafford address. We cannot post it – it is large, heavy and fragile.
Thank you to Rachel and Matt for such a beautiful donation – it is sure to find a good home and hopefully will raise funds for us.Image attachmentImage attachment
Volunteers need to be aged 16 or over to join our charity but that didnt appear to hinder two lovely young ladies who decided they wanted to support us.  Isabella Pellington and Felicity Perry attended the 39th Stoke Beer and Cider Festival with their parents. They had worked hard to prepare a Sweetie Stall with the sale proceeds coming to SSCBB. They raised an amazing £75.00 for us.  A gesture that we appreciate very much and, yes, the SSCBB members present were delighted to sample their wares!!Image attachment

 

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Thankyou Isabella and Felicity that is amazing xx

Amazing amount raised well done x

Fantastic well done girls

Amazing effort girls well done.

Well done Girls 🥰

Super girls.xx

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The SSCBB Speaker Team will have presented 201 talks during 2019. New audiences who now know about, not only SSCBB, but all the bloodbike groups across the country whose volunteers give up their time to assist the staff in our N.H.S. hospitals.  Our 25 strong speaker team give talks to a variety of groups.  Rotary, Lions, WIs, Over 60s Clubs and Motorcycle Clubs to name a few. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of these groups when they decide to raise money for our charity.  Recently Geoff H. gave a talk for the Rotarians of Alsager Rotary Group and he was delighted to accept a cheque from them for £200.00.  Duncan B. was invited to receive a donation of £600.00 following the White Friar  Whist Drive and Clee Hill Whist Drive.  Wonderful generosity and hospitality and we thank them.  If you belong to a group who may like to receive a talk during 2020 then please email us at talks@ssbbgroup.org.uk with contact details and our speaker team co-ordinator Chris will be in touch.Image attachment

Our condolences to the family and friends of fellow blood biker, Dan who rode for Blood Bikes Wales. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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RIP Dan, many thanks for all you have done, condolences to your family and Blood Bikes family 😥😥😥. Many thanks for everything that you all do, you are super 🌟 xx

RIP fellow biker ride high, condolences to your family and fellow blood bikers

RIP and to thanks to all of you

May he rest in peace. So sorry to hear this news. Greatest respect and admiration for the blood bikers ❤️

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And so it begins ...........  The 39th Stoke Beer & Cider Festival at the Spode China Halls.  SSCBB in pride of place with members ready to chat about the free service we provide to our local hospitals.  Great atmosphere, beers, ciders and gins galore.  Bloodbike Millie Bea is present on her last ‘shout’ before she retires.  You are guaranteed a warm welcome from the organisers and our team.Image attachment

 

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It never ceases to amaze me that the general public don’t know what we do or have never heard about The Blood Bikes

Well done Ian Clarke

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These lovely people have nominated SSCBB as their charity again and members will be popping in over the next three days to man our bloodbike stand.  If you are going, please come and say hi.
A new bloodbike will be joining the SSCBB fleet within the next couple of weeks. Already liveried and named, it awaits it’s tracker.
It is called ‘RICH’.
Richard Bransby from Stafford, a friend of several of our members was an avid SSCBB supporter. He had already been involved in the donation of funds to our group from the Stafford Round Table. It was his mission to provide us with a bloodbike.
Richard passed away this day in 2017. He was 27 years old.  Richard’s mother, Ange, then took over her son’s mission and, very poignantly, on the second anniversary of his passing, Ange presented us with bloodbike ‘RICH’ mainly funded by her immensely generous donation. RICH is a Yamaha FJR 1300.  The family gathered today to meet the new bike before it goes into service. An emotive time, and yet, a celebration too. 
Ange, her husband Phil Green, now a SSCBB member and rider, daughter Megan and son Michael posed with RICH in today’s sunshine.  Ange, our thoughts are with you and your family today and we thank you for your generosity as we welcome RICH into our fleet.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Amazing gesture and fantastic lasting memory, hope to ride it someday.

An amazing gesture and of course, tribute, to a special chap.

How very thoughtful; my biggest thanks to Richard’s family. When I dispatch a rider on Rich I’ll say a silent thank you

What a fab way to remember him, he will be so proud of you all as you are of him , lots of love and hugs xxx

Thank you and welcome to the fleet Rich ❤ x x x

Humbling, thank you so very much.

What a wonderful and lasting gesture

It will be an absolute pleasure if I get to ride this bike. Memory of Rich will live on.

Respect

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All of us at SSCBB are privileged to meet and work with the wonderful folk in the Pathology Labs in our NHS Hospitals in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire (and beyond). You do an amazing job. Thank you.

 

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Thanks. all your riders and controllers do wonderful work for us #UHNM #NationalPathologyWeek #SSCBB

Sound words from Mark B - Hi got my first job today as new Cheshire Rider, Leighton Hospital to Liverpool Women’s Hospital delivering Amniotic Fluid sample, typical that hospital wasn’t on my induction but found it all fine, great day and enjoyed every minute, the only part I didn’t like was getting back on my own bike to come home! Really proud of what I’ve achieved and now have such great admiration for what our charity does! Welcome Mark and well done.

 

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Was a pleasure to be your controller on your first job

Well done Mark my first run was from The Wirral to Birmingham University hospital and back to Whiston hospital again not on my familiarisation run but a great experience

Well done Mark. I’ve just got to do my blood handling course and then I’ll be a Cheshire rider. I can’t wait.

Saw plenty of these wonderful riders working at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre . Enjoy your riding , stay safe x x

Brilliant x

well done mark xxx

Great job buddy. It is always amazing to meet so many lovely people when you collect/deliver. Enjoy and stay safe.

Great to read that your first shout wasn't to a place you were familiar with. Nor mine. You sorted it. To coin a phrase: 'It's what we do'! PS. Lots of jobs so far, and no blood yet!

Thought this was your call from yesterday Nik, well done Mark x

Well done to Mark and all the blood bikers. You do an amazing job ❤️

Assessment ride complete, waiting for a blood handling course, hopefully soon.

Well done Mark.

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you

Well done Mark. Welcome to the gang

Welcome and congratulations on your job cherry popping 🎈 Look forward to being your controller one day! 😉

Well done Mark

Heros on our roads.. congratulations x

Nice one Mark👍

Well dome Mark!

My Respect and a thanks to one and all of you gang "RESPECT"

He’s a good skin, not at all surprised to see him there 👍

<3

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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A great memory, when we received Mark Mason from the amazing and generous Mark Master Masons of Staffordshire and Shropshire.Image attachment

 

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05:50 this morning, Mark Mason arriving back from a shout.

Just read this story. I am hoping I can get close to that target next year with the fundraising I will be doing with the Wrekin Buffs.

Which area is the new bike covering/ being stored?

Another busy Induction session for our charity.  An evening when new volunteers meet and are presented with a flavour of SSCBB. The hospitals we serve, the medical samples we carry, the fleet bikes, our IT systems, the standard we aspire to plus numerous ways of becoming part of our team.  Next step: their training for the role they have chosen.  We are delighted to have these new members on board.

 

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Big welcome to you all .you have all a amazing job in front of you to do stay safe 👍👍👍

Well done all, welcome to Blood Biking 👍

Good to have you all onboard.

Welcome to the team!

A very warm welcome .

Welcome everyone!

Welcome to the blood bike family 👍

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

This is a real pleasure to be a part of the family

A very warm welcome to you all.

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Controller Ann K. smiles for the camera as she completes her Controller Induction training session with Helen B.  Actually, Ann has been an SSCBB member for several years but circumstances and a dying laptop meant she had to take  a step backwards as a Controller although she has continued to support fund raising events and helps to count donations when they arrive in rattle cans.  With a new laptop it meant that Ann could resume her Controller duties but she was concerned that procedures may have changed and she asked for a mentoring session to get her up to speed and the confidence to get back on the rota.  Further training is available to all controllers who feel they would like an update.  Message Pam @ members@sscbbgroup.org.uk and she will allocate a mentor who will run through Controller training guidelines with you on a one to one basis.

 

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well done Ann, and I see you are on the rota already.

Well done Ann!

Great stuff Ann. The more the merrier

Nice one Ann😇

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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Well done Kath and all.xx

Brill effort Kath Marsden and all!

Brilliant team efforts but an extra well done to Kath Brookes - you know how to smooze the money out of people (get any cake?) x

Well done Kath Marsden xx

Well done Ashleigh Knowles & Sam Sherratt rest of the team xx

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Shifnal at 06:30

Good day and glad to have played a small part

On South news to. Xx well done to u all respect was nice for all family and friends

Thank you.

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A wonderful evening this week at the Grazing Cow in Lawley, where SSCBB were presented with a very generous cheque for £1375 from Lawley Running Club. The funds were raised by the club ‘s 5k fun run event. 
Representatives from Lawley Running Club (Rich Handley), BVT in Lawley Village (Fleur Hemming) and Lawley and Overdale Parish Council (Councillor Amrik Jhawar) presented the cheque to our rider John and to Sarah who volunteers for SSCBB and also runs with the Lawley Running Club!
Thank you to all of you who took part to raise this money, you are all truly amazing.
#Shropshire, #Staffordshire and #Cheshire #BloodBikes need your support so that we can continue working with the #NHS to transport blood and related products.  You can donate via our ‘Just Giving’ page, please click here:
https://www.justgiving.com/ssblood-bikes
These fantastic people from Odballs MCC invited duty rider Barrie W along to their weekly meeting to present him with a cheque for £1000. Barrie gave an impromptu thank you speech highlighting just how far the money will go in keeping our charity running.
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Thank you Oddballs, your generosity is awesome.

Fantastic, well done everyone 👏👌

Great job Oddballs, such a worthy charity💜

Brilliant. Well done Odd Balls.

Well done to you all 🍺🍺🏍🏍👍👍

Great work 👍

Fantastic 👍🤘👏👏

Fantastic 👍

Thank you all @Oddballs

Always a pleasure

Top Job Dave Lowe and team

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With the ever-increasing need for the #NHS to save money but without compromising #PatientCare, the demands upon the #Charity grow each year.  #SSCBB needs to grow to meet this increasing demand. Find out how you can help here: https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/donate/
Not forgetting the girls at Asda Malinsgate! And the very generous customers. Thank you everyone

 

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Ooooo more change 😻😻😻

My blood bike heroes. Thank you.

Looking good ladies ❤

What can I say?? Asda Malinsgate team- well done guys.
All set up at Asda Malinsgate, Telford. Lynnes just texting the troops for some support.

 

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Have a good one Lynne

Again I’m missing out but good luck

Have a good day!

SSCBB will be at Asda Malinsgate, Telford tomorrow,  Saturday. A perfect opportunity to purchase our new Christmas cards! And a chance to find out about volunteering with us. Well be there 9 til 4.

 

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Got them at Lynns raven cafe. Love these people ❤️💋

Is there an address for ordering some of these cards please

All set for the Magnificent Severn Golf Day at Arscott Golf Club- a great fundraiser for SSCBB.  Thank you.

 

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Have a great day hope the rain holds off

Have a good day 🙏

Tee time 😀😀, have a good day guys 👍

Members can continue to show their #Support by ordering official #SSCBB #Clothes! There are 3 ways that you can order, find out more on our website:
https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/sscbb-clothing/
SSCBB volunteer, Sandy H. recently received an invitation to attend Pontesbury WI AGM. He had met the ladies previously, in March this year, when he delivered a presentation about our charity.  Their Treasurer presented Sandy with a cheque for £400.  People can be very generous and we are very grateful.
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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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