SSCBB FAQ

We have put together a list of our most frequently asked questions so you have all you need to know about our charity and how to become a blood biker! If any of your questions aren’t answered below, feel free to contact a member of our team and we’ll do our best to help!


Do you have a Head Office?

No, we all work from home, but you can contact us at the address below or email us: info@ssbbgroup.org.uk


What is your registered charity number and your address?

Our registered charity number is 1156212

Our address is:

SSCBB

Watling Chambers, West Suite, 214 Watling Street

Cannock, Staffordshire

WS11 0BD


Are there other ways people can volunteer to help apart from riding?

Yes, our volunteers include many people who are not riders. Although you will find some of our volunteers, ride, control and fundraise!

Our Controllers who work from home, equipped with a computer and a phone receive job requests, dispatch and monitor riders and maintain contact with them until a job is completed.

Our Events Fundraisers attend events and engage in our publicity efforts. Fundraising is a key part of what we do as without the funds we wouldn’t be able to operate our service.

Our Talks Team welcomes experienced members (riders, controllers or fundraisers).

If you have a talent or skill you think could be of benefit to us or can spare a few hours a month to help us fundraise please let us know by emailing our Membership Secretary: membership@ssbbgroup.org.uk


What sort of motorcycles do you use?

SSCBB volunteers don’t ride their own bikes, they ride bikes owned by the charity. We currently operate a fleet consisting of 5 BMW F800s and 10 Yamaha FJR 1300s.

These are tourer type motorcycles designed to be ridden for extended periods and distances, that offer some protection from the worst of the weather and which have reasonable luggage capacity including blood trays.

Our bikes have full high visibility markings in order to ensure they can be easily identified as ‘Blood Bikes’ and so help our riders and their precious cargo be seen and stay safe.


Do I need any qualifications to be a Rider, Volunteer or Controller?

All our riders are required to have held a full motorcycle licence and hold a recognised advanced riding qualification (such as IAM, RoSPA, Police or one of our listed qualifications). If you want to ride for us, we can put you in contact with one of the local advanced rider groups so you can gain the required qualification. All riders are required to attend an Induction meeting and have an Assessment ride with our Assessment and Induction Team before being able to volunteer for shifts.

All Controllers will receive full Instruction with one of our experienced Controller Mentoring Team.

Our Events Fundraisers just need ‘enthusiasm’ and a willingness to lead and attend the variety of Events on our Events log. We have gazebos, merchandise kits and collection buckets to support that activity.


Is there a uniform?

Riders must have their own protective motorcycle clothing such as boots, trousers, jacket, gloves etc and are expected to use their own helmet. We supply liveried Hi Vis Jackets at a highly subsidized cost. Volunteers are encouraged to wear our branded clothing particularly at Events – see the range of clothing here. 


How much time would I need to give?

We appreciate everyone has different personal commitments with family\work etc. We work a shift system for riders and controllers and aim to offer our service 24/7. We ask that riders and controllers sign up for as many shifts as suits their personal situation.

For those volunteering to help out with fundraising, we are happy to take whatever time you can give, even if it is just a couple of hours at an event in your area (such as a supermarket collection).


Who are our volunteers?

They come from a wide variety and cross-section of people from all walks of life. People like you!


How do you transport blood and other urgent medical items?

Blood and blood products such as platelets are packed inside special insulated boxes, and these are then secured to a special rack on the bike. The boxes are designed to maintain the temperature of the load during transportation. Our bikes also have panniers where small samples can be transported along with non-temperature sensitive items such as instruments or documentation. Frozen donated breast milk is transported in special milk boxes.


Do volunteers have to pay a membership fee?

Newly joining members pay a one-off £10 membership fee to cover initial administrative costs.


Do you receive funds from the government and the NHS to run your service?

No, we receive no such funding and must raise funds ourselves to operate our service. There are various fundraising opportunities available to us from our own Events to Grant applications and Corporate Fundraising.

Often individuals will fundraise funds for us through Just Giving campaigns. Companies will often adopt us as their ‘charity of the year’ and supermarkets will allow us to collect funds in-store. We are always open to new initiatives and love to work with individuals and companies.


How can I donate to SSCBB? 

there are many ways that you can donate to our charity, find out more here.

If you have any queries about raising funds for us, contact our Fundraising Manager, Lynne – fundraising@ssbbgroup.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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