Call for more blood bikers

Lee Hopewell out on a training exercise.
Lee Hopewell out on a training exercise.
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A vital blood transport service, which supplies hospitals all over Lancashire, has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers during the summer months.

The North West Blood Bikes charity needs about 40 motorcyclists to make their service sustainable, but currently has about 20.

The bikers transport blood samples, medical equipment and records between the hospital sites at weekends, and from 7pm to 2am on week-nights, when the hospitals’ in-house service does not operate.

Paul Brooks, chairman of the Lancashire and Lakes division, said the charity has been relying on the ‘amazing goodwill’ of the 20 riders to keep the service running, but more people are needed.

He said: “The guys who are doing it are doing more than we’d like them to do, and we want to relieve them a bit.”

Riders can use their own bikes, but need to have held a licence for at least a year.

Charity manager Neil Demaline said: “ Most of the riders are like vampires, quietly doing their job, in the darkness of night, while everyone is tucked up safely in bed.”