Comic backing the blood biker boys

Bobby Ball (right on a bike from The Bill) shows support for Blood Bikers Paul Brooks and Lee Townsend.
Bobby Ball (right on a bike from The Bill) shows support for Blood Bikers Paul Brooks and Lee Townsend.
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Comedian Bobby Ball dropped in to help volunteer bikers carry out their first mission in Blackpool.

The riders from the North West Blood Bikers Lancs and Lakes carry blood products and other small medical supplies at night and at weekends for the NHS.

The volunteers have been active in Lancashire and Cumbria for a year, but last weekend was the first time they did a job for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

Fylde volunteer Lee Townsend said the group has 147 volunteers but is always on the lookout for more.

He said: “We carry whole blood, blood samples, spinal fluid, medicines and even human breast milk for premature babies.

“We have done in excess of 800 runs and save the NHS about £35,000 a year in taxi fares.

“But this is the first time we have been to Blackpool Vic and to mark the occasion our patron Bobby Ball came along to give us support.”

He said they made deliveries to Bispham, Rossall and Clifton hospitals and did 21 runs on Saturday alone.

Most volunteers use their own motorbikes and are on call for just one day a month.

But he said advanced riders can get training to use the six special bikes with emergency lights for urgent jobs.

Lee looks after one of the blue light bikes in Lytham, a bike the charity got from the long-running television 
show The Bill.

He said: “The bike is called St Bill in honour of the show.

“You have to be an advanced rider but we have guys progressing to that level all the time.” Anyone who wants to volunteer their time or donate to support the charity can visit the website at 
www.nwbb-lancs.org.

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