Blood Bike Handover

The Steve Morgan Foundation has officially handed over a brand new Yamaha motorbike to the volunteer-run Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes (MCBB) charity, which transports urgent medical supplies between hospitals.

The new bike, which has also been fitted out with panniers, flashing blue light and a siren, was formally handed over to the charity at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre by Foundation trustee Vincent Fairclough.

The top of the range Yamaha will replace one of the ageing bikes in the charity’s fleet of eight and will be used across the region to deliver blood, plasma and anything else a patient may need.

Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes operate round the clock and the speed of delivery they offer often buys life-saving time for patients in critical conditions. The service is staffed entirely by volunteers, who also fundraise to cover all the operational costs, and saves the NHS from having to deliver supplies by ambulance or taxi.

Click here for our previous feature on their work.

Simon Dennett, one of the 60 volunteer riders and Vice Chairman of MCBB, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“The bikes are serviced for free by volunteer mechanics, but we have to buy the parts and on the older bikes this can be incredibly expensive.

“This new bike will be more reliable and save us money.”

Staff from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and volunteers from Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes gathered for the official unveiling of the motorcycle that will be used, among other things, to transport urgent deliveries of chemotherapy drugs and small pieces of equipment for the specialist cancer hospital in Wirral.

Handing the keys over to the charity, Vincent Fairclough, Trustee of the Steve Morgan Foundation said:  “We are delighted to have been able to help.

“The Trustees were highly impressed by MCBB. The fact that they are a 100% volunteer organisation speaks volumes, as does the fact that it is providing a free, very important, service to the NHS for the benefit of seriously ill patients.”

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