Gig for Blood Bikes

Volunteers at North West Blood Bikes are holding a gig at Coast Riders Cafe Bar in Blackpool.
Volunteers at North West Blood Bikes are holding a gig at Coast Riders Cafe Bar in Blackpool.
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A group of motorcycle riders and volunteers are helping to save lives by transporting much needed blood around the region.

And to raise funds for North West Blood Bikes, a Blackpool charity night is being held tomorrow.

One of the featured acts is the band iSpyder, whose performance last year saw band member Paul Houghton, from St Annes, become a Blood Bike volunteer himself.

He said: “This is a really nice charity to get involved with. I help to raise funds for the organisations, and I am also a rider.

“We transport urgent blood, medical equipment and babies’ milk out of hours, when they are not available within an NHS hospital.”

Paul, 54, said if a hospital ran out of a particular blood group, they would contact the Blood Bikes central control who would have an on-duty rider to collect it from another NHS centre and deliver it by motorcycle to where it was needed.

“The alternative is literally to use a taxi,” he said.

“The bikes are better for speed and are more convenient, though we never break traffic laws.”

There are around 150 members of North West Blood Bikes, 70 of them riders for the charity. Around 10 of the riders are from Blackpool.

The charity is a year old and has been boosted by £10,000 of Lottery funding which has enabled it to buy a new bike.

Paul, of Oxford Road, said: “As a charity, it’s absolutely bubbling.”

He said he has been called out around four times since he became a volunteer, but more recently had put his efforts into fundraising. Other riders volunteered to take 12-hour shifts on a weekly basis.

Tomorrow’s gig is at the Coast Riders Cafe Bar, on Cropper Road, Blackpool, at 7.30pm.

It also features pop and rock group Toria’s Secret.

Tickets are £5, available on the door.

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