12 Jul 2013

Raising the pressure for North West Blood Bikes Manchester

Blood bikeThis autumn Sarah Lucas will be zipping across The Quays, Manchester to raise money for North West Blood Bikes Manchester.

The sponsored zip slide, taking place on the 13th of October, will see will see zippers flying 30m high from the top of the Imperial War Museum North to land in front of the Lowry.

North West Blood Bikes Manchester (NWBBM) is an Emergency Volunteer Service (EVS) covering Greater Manchester and The Northwest.

As the charity’s membership secretary, Sarah has been involved with NWBBM since it’s conception and has seen it grow into the successful, vital service it is today.

Transporting liquid gold

A registered charity and member of The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, NWBBM provides out of hours transportation of urgent medical supplies such as whole blood and blood products, samples, results and scans, medication and equipment to any NHS establishment within the Northwest – free of charge. The bikers also transport frozen donor breast milk to Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the region.

Working on the front line for the NHS, Sarah gets to see the types of individuals and the families of those the charity would benefit.

Sarah said: “Of course we don’t usually get personal accounts as all the deliveries are confidential, but I can’t help but think every time I pass a lifesaving transfusion in place “I wonder if one of us delivered that? The charity really does transport liquid gold.”

Making every penny count

Funding is urgently needed to help with the daily running costs of transporting blood supplies, including petrol and road tax. The service also relies heavily on local marketing activities to raise awareness and generate donations. As such, funds are needed to provide display marquees, print flyers and create promotional items.

Added Sarah: “Every penny contributes towards the day-to-day running costs of the charity. Everyone is part of NWBBM for no gain or reward, they receive no government funding or payment, everything is free for the NHS to help them save funds to use on other resources.”

Steve Rydertrustee for NWBBM, believes MyDonate is a vital lifeline for their fundraising efforts.

He said: “As a charity still in its infancy, we found out about MyDonate via supporters trying to raise funds for us at different events. Sign-up for the charity was simple and pain-free and resulted in funding revenue hitting our bank account almost immediately. Fundraisers and sponsors are the life line for our charity, we don’t ask the government for grants and every penny raised goes straight in to running the service so we can provide a professional, sustainable transport infrastructure to our clients free of charge. Without MyDonate it would be even harder to achieve this.”

Spreading the word

For Sarah, using MyDonate offered an uncomplicated means of fundraising and spreading awareness of her event.

She said: “MyDonate has helped my cause by providing simple links for me to share to various social media sites, to spread awareness of my event and the cause for which I’m fundraising.”

You can view Sarah’s MyDonate profile here

For more information about North West Blood Bikes please visit their website





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