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On this day 22 January 2014 our charity was launched at RAF Cosford with special guests Carl Fogarty and ex British Champion James Whitham. With 100 volunteers already signed up and two specially equipped second hand motorcycles, we were ready for action! Volunteer rider, Clive Bowyer is pictured at the launch event. And our first urgent delivery was completed by Duncan Baker. Today we have completed over 18,482 deliveries and rider Phil Wilkinson is out making a delivery in Shropshire as I write this post.

 

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Me and Sarah was there on that day , at the very beginning, today I’ve been out with don w , I’ve completed my rider re assessment in not the best weather conditions #itswhatwedo Proud to be part of this amazing charity

On that very day I dropped my wife off at hospital, then popped along for the launch party... Well I'm no doctor lol

Operating 24/7 and occupying a central location, at #SSCBB we undertake a number of long distance deliveries!  These deliveries are made on behalf of the North West Human Milk Bank, University of Birmingham (Faecal Matter transplants) and other #BloodBike groups along with their local hospitals!  To find out more about our charity and what we do, please visit our website here: https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/about-us/
Last Tuesday, Chris B and Brian S were invited to Broseley WI to collect a cheque for £131.78.  Brian gave a talk last March to the group and they very kindly adopted SSCBB as their nominated charity.  They not only made Brian and Chris feel very welcome, but also supplied lovely tea and cake!  Thank you ladies, your generosity is much appreciated.Image attachment

 

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Great for you all Christopher. .Tea and cakes too.xx

Well done

Our Speaker Team delivered 202 talks during 2019. Talk number 200 was a special one for SSCBB husband and wife members Anthony and Louise D. Anthony, apart from being a speaker, also rides and fund raises for the charity and Louise has recently joined as a fundraiser.  Just before Christmas they supported each other at the Gough 45 Mark Lodge Christmas social at Shelton Masonic Hall and accepted the £100.00 raffle proceeds on behalf of the charity.  They were guests of Worshipful Master Sean Lawlor and his wife Julie, who are pictured on Mark Mason, a bike funded by the Mark Master Masons of Staffordshire and Shropshire.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Another brilliant effort from the Bloodbike team.Well done guys..

It has been a pleasure to support the Songbirds in Harmony Choir during their fundraising activities on our behalf over the last twelve months.  Several performances, including a sellout Christmas Concert allowed these lovely ladies to present SSCBB member Helen B. with a very generous cheque for £2732.79!! This is in addition to a further £1000.00 secured by some match funding by a choir member. Incredibly generous donation for which we are extremely grateful.  Helen took a celebration cake along to the presentation for the ladies to enjoy after their rehearsal.  Thank you so much ladies. Good luck for 2020. We will miss you all.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Fantastic, well done Songbirds 🎶 👏

Last year Nigel H did a short talk to a local crafting group, Sandbach Sew & Sews. They make various soft craft items, as a social group, then sell the items at various events donating proceeds to charity. In addition, one of their members opens up their garden too. This year they chose us as their charity.  Nigel H attended the AGM last night, with Brian G and Bundy, for a cheque presentation.  Sew & Sews kindly presented us a cheque for £2600 - thank you so much.

 

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A pleasure, you guys do so much for others, a small repayment. Thank you one and all.

That’s fantastic

Wow, that’s fantastic!

Great effort! 😀

Fantastic.

Well done everyone 👏

😃👏👏👏

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Is joining a charity one of your #NewYearsResolutions??  With the ever-increasing need to support the NHS in caring for their patients, the demands upon the #Charity grow each year.  #SSCBB needs to grow to meet this increasing demand. To do so, we need more #Volunteers, whether that be in the form of riders, fundraisers or controllers.  If you are interested in joining us, take a look at our website to learn more! https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/join-us/

 

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I have emailed and definitely interested. Can anyone tell me where I can go to get the IAM, ROSPA advanced training done I'm in Stoke-on-Trent the closest I've seen is Nantwich. Thanks.

Can I ask which part of Cheshire you cover- I’m a rider with Merseyside and Cheshire

Is there something like this in Yorkshire?

Most of my family work in the medical profession and I would like to become a blood bike rider but need to be an advanced motorcyclist....is this true? If so, what/where would you recommend?

Jayne Darnell this is Chris’s blood bikes x

Hayley Bell x

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The SSCBB Induction Training Team welcomed 16 new volunteers to our charity on Thursday evening, a mixture of potential new riders, controllers and fundraisers. (But of course we are all fundraisers!)  It was interesting, as they introduced themselves, to learn why they had decided to join a bloodbike charity. A few learned about us through their advanced motoring group, some were friends of existing members, some were NHS employees and one new controller learned about us when his wife attended a talk at her local WI.  Their next step is the training for their chosen roles. Welcome to you all (including Claire who missed the photo call). We look forward to meeting you at the area meetings, the fundraising events and, of course, on the rota!!

 

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Welcome all 👍🏻

It was a great introduction to a great family. I am looking forward to helping where and when I can.

Welcome, it’s a great group you’ve joined!

Looking forward to meeting you all 🏍🏍🩸🩸🩸

Spreading the word, welcome to the family one and all 👍

Welcome to the charity and thank you for giving your time and effort.

Welcome to the group....😀🏍👍

Excellent news! Well done all and welcome xx

Well done all

Welcome everyone.

Welcome one and all.

Welcome on board

Welcome to all 👍

Welcome to the family

We hear that a bike was stolen.....!

Welcome

All aboard!

Michaela Hollingshead

Stacey Wilcox Alice Lowe

Welcome to the family, folks!

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You may recall, back in November, Rachel Waterson 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 had signed the piece, and it was hand painted by Rachel. Im please to report that the lucky bid came from one of our own volunteers. £100 was bid and Venus was safely handed over in time for Christmas. Thank you Rachel for your generosity.

 

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Glad to help. Keep up the excellent work.

 

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Credit and thanks to H18 - Pdw Photography for the main picture, it's stunning..

I had a lovely ride up there and watched it being loaded. Unfortunately I only made it to the end of the drive before my battery gave up AGAIN!!. I've spent today out looking at replacement bikes

Well done all! Well done Fiona 🙏

Saw it in Chester by the church its very moving 👍

Wow well done guys 🙂 I saw it in Birmingham - would urge anyone to go and see it wherever it goes near you xx

Well done Fiona you did a cracking job

Special indeed, made even more so by a fabulous escort 🤗

Would have come if I'd known about this Well done those who did. 🙂

When is it coming to Southwater?

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Happy New Year to you all. A big thanks from All in Pathology at UHNM great to see so many of you before Christmas at Sainsbury’s in Stoke

Thank you to all bikers (and their families) for your time to help others

Happy New Year to you all. Thankyou for all that you do.x

Happy new year to all of you xxx

Happy New Year to all riders, controllers and supporters 🍾🥂🎆😀

Happy New year to you and yours.

Happy new year 🥳

Happy new year all

Happy New year to You all!! You all do a fantastic job x

Happy New Year 🥂🍾

Happy New Year to all of you! Xxxxxxx

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It’s a party atmosphere at Tesco Wrekin Retail Park when SSCBB gathered for a group photo.  The guys and gals are located both inside and outside the store and happy to chat about the work of the charity.  Huge thanks to Tesco for their support.

 

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Excellent turn out

Tesco Extra, Wrekin Retail Park is where youll find us today. We look forward to meeting you.Image attachment
Getting busier at Sainsburys Stoke, Phil and Charlie helping out.

 

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Glad I could help . Sorry it was only for a couple of hrs .

SSCBB Christmas Team already having a busy day - Controller Heidie and DCM Dan looking after Riders Daz and Mike (already on shouts). And ready and waiting for a call are Simon, Graham and Mike. And tonight we have DCM Pam and Controller Kath and riders Mike and Mark. Well done all of you and a Happy Christmas.Image attachment

 

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Merry Christmas and thank you for all your work and selfless dedication to saving lives . You are true angels xx❤️

Thank you ,we very much appreciate your help . Happy New Year to you all 💖

A very merry Christmas to one and all and a blessed new year.

Happy Christmas to you guys and gals . Its a amazing selfless job you do . Best wishes for 2020😁🥂🥂

Well done and a Happy Christmas

Thank you all for the fantastic job you do

Great work Guys. Thanks so much for your valued support

Thank you to the Christmas Day volunteers xx

Well done all - good work 👍

Thanks for all you do. Merry Christmas! x

Well done folks, least it's a nice day for it. I remember doing a urgent Ludlow run one Christmas day and it was snowing!!

Happy Christmas, keeping up the great work. Ride safe 🏍

Happy Christmas guys..! x

Merry Christmas! You are all wonderful.

Thank you all for what you do, Merry Christmas .

Huge thanks to you all. Stay safe.

Happy Christmas all love The Dejak’s x

Cracking job folks well done

Merry Christmas x

Well done guys, great job

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Nigel H accepted some Christmas gifts from those lovely folk at the Path Lab in Leighton Hospital . Thank you!

 

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Again! He won at Macclesfield last year. Must be lucky I guess😏

Or like toffees

 

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Anybody know why it's closed?

Lovely message for us from Barrie. Get well soon.

 

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Only just heard fella. I’m on the M60 every day it’s so busy now. Wishing you a speedy recovery from all at RJH

Brilliant news Barrie, take it easy now...merry christmas to you & your family xx

Wishing you a speedy recovery, a great Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020

Glad to hear you’re mending. BUT what caused the off ?? Please 🙏

Hi, wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery.

Hop your back to normal, fit & well soon Best of luck

Merry Christmas mate. All the best for 2020.

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The new SSCBB chunky crayons are going down well!

 

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Did you steal them from a local ARV?! 😱

Kirsten from Sainsburys London Road,  Stoke,  trying out blood bike Mark Mason for size.
Team SSCBB busy at Sainsburys London Road, Stoke. Lovely generous customers.

 

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Todays Motley Crew thanks for your support guys.Well done to you all.

Hope you have a great day

Have a good day 🎄

Our final event before Christmas - we are at Sainsburys London Road, Stoke. We will have our merchandise on sale and our collection buckets at the ready!
Well done SSCBB rider Mark on blood bike Bundy, on taking the 18,000 run this morning and thanks to Sandy, his trusty controller. Mark Meets up with Sanjay at NBT for the handover of samples.Image attachment

 

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Proud to represent the Team, It was a busy day with the highlight seeing the kids at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, humbling and inspiring 👍😀

Fantastic achievement all. ❤️👍🏼

You guys do an amazing job, welldone x

Well done Mark. 👍

Congratulations Mark Barnes

Well done all and well done Mark Barnes

Knew it was getting close I did job 17993 yesterday

What is the 18,000?

Proud of you young man !....😁

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We currently have 15 liveried blood bikes, situated strategically across the three counties in secure locations, often at fire stations or within hospital grounds. Many of our bikes have been funded by the generosity of organisations, Trusts and companies but the running costs are met by our own fundraising efforts 🏍  All our #BloodBikes have names, often associated with a person who has influenced our charity in some way! #SSCBB 🙂  Read the story behind each of our bikes here: https://ssbbgroup.org.uk/meet-the-fleet/

 

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All the very best to you and yours over Christmas, New Year and beyond! Thank you xx

Merry Christmas! You have been doing great job ! Wishing you peace, joy and success in your activities

Do you have one down Ludlow end by any chance?

SSCBB are at Tesco Meir today. Lovely generous customers.

 

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Fantastic people fantastic day .Hadn't set up and people were pushing money at us .Stokies are so generous.Very humbling .Thanks to all the motley crew who gave of their time .Merry Christmas .Thank you Tesco...

They were very generous to us in Haverfordwest, too. Lots of staff also came up and donated.

Hope you have a successful day 👍

Christmas came early to SSCBB when the lovely ladies of Songbirds In Harmony performed their last concert of the year at Our Lady of Lourdes in Hednesford.
The choir, led by Annette Scott, nominated us as their Charity for 2019. Helen B.,  Lynne S. and East Staffs. rider Roger H. have met the ladies at various events during the year culminating in the Christmas concert last night.
It was a full house and a wonderful evening with great music and singing, mulled wine and mince pies, a brilliant raffle and a really wonderful festive atmosphere.
At the end of the night, Annette presented Helen with a cheque for £2600.00 which had been raised for us  (with a little more to come) and then choir member, Heather Johnson who had been granted some match funding by her employers, the HSBC, then produced a further cheque for £1000.00.  Humbled at their generosity towards our charity. What an amazing donation.
Lovely ladies with huge hearts and friendly smiles.
We wish them well. We will miss them.Image attachment
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/
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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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