We are delighted to announce the addition of two brand new, fully liveried blood bikes to our existing fleet, donated very generously to us by Great Yarmouth and Waveney HeartCare.
Last year, we attended one of the local HeartCare charity meetings to give a presentation to members about the vital transport service we provide to the NHS. Feeling inspired following the talk, the committee – who had been looking for a cause to commit a legacy donation to – decided to donate two new blood bikes to us and we were more than happy to accept!
The cost of the two bikes, which came fully liveried to go straight into service, was around £24,000. Aptly named to incorporate the word ‘heart’, and chosen by HeartCare’s members, our new BMW F800 GT is called ‘Heartie’, and the second bike, A Yamaha FJR1300, is called ‘Braveheart’.
Mary Stamp, Chairman and Social Secretary at Great Yarmouth and Waveney HeartCare, said: “We were very inspired by Norfolk Blood Bikes’ presentation, particularly as we hadn’t even heard of Blood Bikes until then. As a committee we felt that the charity was a very worthy cause and convened during our tea break to decide what we could give them as a donation. The decision was made there and then to see if they would like a new blood bike – needless to say, the answer was a resounding yes please!”
HeartCare are a charity established to support people and the families of those who have suffered from heart conditions. They meet on the second Tuesday of every month at The Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft at 7.30pm.
Bill Farrow, who volunteers with Norfolk Blood Bikes as both a rider, part of the corporate team and speaker, said on receiving the new blood bikes: “The new additions to our fleet are truly invaluable as the demand for our life-saving service is only growing. It’s wonderful that local charities can work together, and we are so humbled by the generosity of the committee at HeartCare’s Great Yarmouth and Waveney group. Its feels like the Norfolk Blood Bikes family just got a little bigger!”
We would like to thank Great Yarmouth and Waveney HeartCare for their generous donation, enabling us to continue delivering lifesaving medical items to hospitals in and around Norfolk.
If you would like to organise a presentation with our amazing volunteers please get in touch via our contact page.