New wheels to help patients

Lee Townsend, with the Fylde coast "blood Bike"
Lee Townsend, with the Fylde coast "blood Bike"
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THE Fylde coast now has its own “blood bike”.

The motorbike – based in Lytham – is part of a network providing a vital “out of hours” service to hospitals in Lancashire and the Lake District.

Volunteer riders and controllers provide rapid response for urgent and emergency deliveries of blood, samples for testing, documents and human donor breast milk for premature babies, to hospitals.

Through a lottery grant and donations, the North West Blood Bikes Lancashire and Lakes now has four blood bikes, fitted with blue lights and sirens, but many riders use their own bikes and fuel.

Lee Townsend, a volunteer, said: “When asked why they have joined the organisation a lot of volunteers say it is because they have a personal debt of gratitude to the NHS through personal circumstances and want to give something back.

“Many joined the scheme because it is an opportunity to give something to the community and do what they love doing, riding motorbikes.”

For details, click www.nwbb-lancs.org