We provide a Free 'Out of Hours' Transportation Service to the NHS and Hospices throughout Yorkshire

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Run by Passionate Volunteers

Despite having Full Time Jobs, many of our members consistently give their spare time to help run and maintain what is a truly worthwhile charity, and an organisation who are intent on making a difference to the Health Organisations throughout Yorkshire.

Saving the NHS Money

We estimate that for each £1 received in donations to the Whiteknights, the NHS will save at least £5. Our volunteers provide the NHS and Hospices with an out of hours service which not only saves a substantial amount of money, but money that can be passed on to provide funding for more appropriate frontline patient care.

In need of an Emergency Delivery?

If you are an organisation who don’t yet have an SLA in place with us, but require emergency assistance or for us to act as a relay with another Blood Bike Group, please either call our Emergency Dispatch Call Centre: Telephone: 01733 741948 or our Chairman, Andrew Foster Mobile: 07970 224420

What we do and why:

During normal working hours, the NHS and Charitable Health Organisations use their own transportation systems to move Blood, Plasma, Tissue Samples, Documentation and other vital supplies between Hospitals, Hospices and Supply Centres.

Out of hours these systems are not available, and the reliance falls upon Private Hire Taxi Companies, Couriers and in exceptional circumstances, Emergency Services such as the Police or Ambulance Service.

This is a huge cost to the NHS and Charitable Health Organisations and this is where the Whiteknights Service Provision comes into its own. Our volunteers provide an out of hours service which not only saves a substantial amount of money, but money that can be passed on to provide more appropriate frontline patient care. We estimate that for each £1 received in donations to the Whiteknights, the NHS will save at least £5.

We are just one of many Charitable Associations that provide a similar service around the United Kingdom and we are governed and overseen by the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes NABB who share our mission to provide reliable, free and high quality provision to NHS trusts and hospices throughout the UK.

Our service is Free of Charge and operates out of hours through the night, Monday to Thursday 7pm to 7am and Friday 7pm all the way through the weekend until 7am Monday morning. We operate a Full 24hr Service during Bank Holidays including the Festive Period (Christmas and Boxing Day) and New Year’s Day.

Despite having Full Time Jobs, many of our members still give their spare time to help run and maintain what is a truly worthwhile charity, and an organization who are intent on making a difference.

The Importance of Fundraising

Fundraising is an essential part to any charity and Whiteknights is no exception to the rule. We have a fleet of 7 bikes to continuously run and maintain, with an approximate cost of £5-6k per bike annually. Donations either large or small are always gratefully received.

Since the charity was set up in 2008, we have seen significant growth to our service with major NHS trusts and Hospices seeing the huge benefit of our service provision in the Yorkshire Region.

Our mission is to further develop our offering and to maintain a professional and reliable ‘out of hours service’ to aid and assist the overstretched NHS in Yorkshire. This is a huge undertaking for our charity as we rely solely on the huge generosity of the general public, local businesses that support us and our own members.

We continually strive to find new ways of improving the service to our customers and even the way we raise the funds to support and run it. We therefore are always looking for suggestions or innovative ideas.

Coming Soon… Announcing the appearance of Whiteknights Angels

14

Jun

Blood Bike needs a new heart…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Today marks World Blood Donor Day. Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes would like to pay tribute to all our colleagues in the NHS who work in Phlebotomy, Blood Sciences, Microbiology, Pathology and NHS Blood & Transplant.

We would like to encourage all our friends and followers to consider donating blood in the near future as the NHS begins the process of returning to routine procedures and treatments after the completion of the vaccination programme.

We would now take this opportunity to request a donation to Whiteknights itself. We have had news that one of our Blood Bikes requires a replacement engine. We are announcing a fundraising initiative to generate approximately £2000 to put this Blood Bike back into service as soon as possible to benefit patients in Yorkshire.Please donate whatever you can using this Just Giving Page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundr…/whiteknightsengineappeal

Alternatively, if you have information regarding a replacement 2011 BMW R1200 motorcycle engine please message us through Facebook or email: info@whiteknights.org.uk

13

Jun

Whiteknights mark World Blood Donor Day with BBC local radio.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

14 June 2021 is World Blood Donor Day and to mark the occasion Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have been invited to appear on a lunch time broadcast of BBC Radio Sheffield.

Tune in to BBC Radio Sheffield on 88.6, 94.7 and 104.1FM, AM 1035 and DAB digital radio – or click on Radio Sheffield and then on the ‘Listen Live’ link.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_sheffield

03

Jun

Whiteknights launch new recruits for Volunteers’ Week…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Its Volunteers’ Week this week and Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are announcing the launch into Operational Duties of another new recruit.

Introducing, Advanced-Qualified Volunteer Rider Andrew Warren.

Andrew, a Technical Account Manager from Hebden Bridge, begins his first shift for Whiteknights in West Yorkshire this evening. Well-done and good luck Andrew. #bloodbikes

09

Apr

Remembering Prince Philip…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes wish to express our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and to the Royal Family at the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

We acknowledge the Duke’s remarkable Naval career and his life-long commitment to public service in inspiring volunteering in the countless charities he supported.

Whiteknights’ volunteers who participated in and benefitted from the pioneering Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme will remember his wit and enthusiasm with great fondness.

28

Mar

US donation funds Whiteknights Pandemic Role

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes welcomes the start of British Summer Time with the news of receiving a major financial contribution to support our operational work.The Chairman of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Andrew Foster said. “We’re extremely grateful to our volunteer Advanced Rider, Laurence for once again achieving a donation of $5000 from The MDRT Foundation in the United States. It is excellent to receive international recognition for the humanitarian voluntary work of Whiteknights in our region.

“More locally we extend our sincere thanks to Sheffield’s Swann-Morton Foundation, for their donation of £500 to support us during the pandemic. Whiteknights hope to reinstate our routine fundraising opportunities later in the year.”Pictured is Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes West Yorkshire Regional Manager, Andy Dickens, alongside Laurence Turner.

14

Mar

Whiteknights commemorate the late, Captain Sir Tom Moore with the arrival of a newly sponsored vehicle.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bike have this weekend launched into service a BMW 330e car supplied by Stratstone BMW Harrogate.

The car has been named in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore and will be used for operational duties in the North Yorkshire Regional area.

North Yorkshire Regional Manager for Whiteknights, Martin Benson commented: “We are extremely grateful to Stratstone BMW and BMW UK for supporting the vital work we continue to do during the pandemic.

“The provision of this vehicle will reinforce our commitment to urgently transfer blood specimens and medical supplies, out-of-hours, free of charge for the NHS in all weather conditions. It seemed only fitting that Captain Sir Tom Moore be commemorated by Whiteknights at this time.”  

14

Feb

National Relay efforts continue amid blizzards

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

The essential work of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes outside of that of our COVID19 response continued this week as Whiteknights Volunteer, Laurence Turner, participated in an urgent national relay to convey a Faecal Matter Transplant in the fight against Clostridium Difficile in seriously ill patients.

Heading out into the blizzard conditions at Scotch Corner, Laurence transferred the consignment to Terry from our neighbouring Blood Bike Group, Blood Run EVS, for its onward journey.

11

Jan

Yorkshire Blood Bikers receive the COVID19 vaccination

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes gratefully announce the start of receiving the COVID19 vaccination for frontline clinical personnel.

This evening at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Advanced Qualified Volunteer Riders received their first injection of the vaccine.

Pictured is Whiteknight’s West Yorkshire Regional Manager, Andy Dickens being the first Blood Biker in the charity to receive the vaccine.

Since New Year’s Eve, Whiteknights West Yorkshire have already responded to 50 call-outs to urgently transport Blood Specimens for testing between hospitals and hospices in the region.

23

Dec

Blood Bike charity gets much needed Christmas gift…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Official release from Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes Communications.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have received a vitally needed gift donation in time for Christmas to support their free-of-charge transportation service to hospitals and hospices in the region.

West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists, a member group of IAM Roadsmart, presented a cheque for £1200 at Overgate Hospice to support the ongoing voluntary work of the Yorkshire Blood Bike Charity.

Neil Clarkson of WYAMs commented: “Not only do we train Advanced Motorcyclists who go on to volunteer for Whiteknights, but we understand the financial pressure the lack of fundraising this year has caused Whiteknights.

It’s a fantastic charity that benefits patients and we are delighted to have spent the entire year fundraising for them.”

Pictured are Becki Marren, Business Partnerships Manager of Overgate Hospice, Whiteknights’ West Yorkshire Regional Manager, Andy Dickens and Neil Clarkson of WYAMs,

20

Dec

Mission Accomplished!

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Well done to all our remarkable volunteers in South Yorkshire who have made 800 free-of-charge to the NHS journeys, to transport blood test samples from the temporary site at Sheffield Arena to Sheffield Hospitals.

In this short video, Whiteknights’ South Yorkshire Regional Manager, Roy Clark speaks about the achievement.

Do you want to become a Rider or Driver with Whiteknights?

Riders and drivers are the lifeblood of our organisation, without them we couldn't exist. We are always keen to hear from new prospective riders or drivers. However, before contacting us, we request that you confirm that you fulfil the following essential requirements in order to ride or drive for us:

  • Aged over 30
  • No more than 6 penalty points on your licence
  • Full motorcycle / driving licence (as applicable)
  • Advanced IAM / RoSPA / Police qualification for car or motorcycle (as applicable)
  • Live within 8-10 miles of the locations we serve (See below)
  • Willing to work as a volunteer on a set shift pattern over 3-4 day periods covering overnight (7pm to 7am), and weekends / Bank Holidays for 24hr periods

  • Additional Information:
  • Shifts are agreed on a monthly basis with the area manager and other riders.
  • Motorcyclists will need to provide suitable motorcycle riding equipment: Boots, Trousers, Jacket including 'High Viz' Overjacket marked 'BLOOD', Gloves and plain white Bluetooth helmet. We have preferential rates on certain items of clothing.
Which areas do Whiteknights cover?

We have teams in West, South, North and Mid Yorkshire. To ensure that we can respond quickly to urgent callouts, we would ask that you live within about 8-10 miles of the following areas;

  • West: Halifax / Huddersfield
  • North: York Hospital
  • South: Sheffield General Hospital
  • Mid: Wakefield / Leeds
Where are Riders / Drivers needed?

We need both riders and drivers, which will depend on your area.

  • We use motorcycles to cover the hospitals and other locations within West, North and South Yorkshire
  • We have cars covering the Mid Yorkshire region, to cover regular runs to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
I am not an advanced Rider / Driver. Where can I get the necessary training?

For both cars and motorcycles, we recognise both the IAM and RoSPA Advanced qualifications. There are local groups across the region to choose from. These include:

RoSPA / RoADAR Groups

West Yorkshire RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (Cars and Motorcycles)

RoSPA / RoADAR Groups

West Yorkshire RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (Cars and Motorcycles)

North Yorkshire Advanced Riders (Motorcycles Only)

South Yorkshire Advanced Drivers (Cars only)

IAM Groups

York Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

York Advanced Motorists

Sheffield IAM (cars Only)

Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

Rotherham Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

Huddersfield Advanced Motorists (Cars Only)

West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

How much does Advanced Training cost?

This varies depending on the route you take, and the local group you join. Whilst the below offers a guide to the likely costs, please check with your local group in case there are any changes.


    IAM
  • You can buy the Advanced Driver Course or Advanced Ride Course for £149. This covers the test fee and your first year's membership. More information can be found here: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/membership/become-a-member
  • IAM offer a discount of £15 if you contact them and advise them you are going to ride for a NABB member group
  • There is then an annual membership fee of £32.50. This is in addition to any membership of your local group.

  • RoSPA/RoADAR
  • The cost of the advanced driving test in a car for drivers 25 years and under is £55.00 inc VAT. For drivers 26 years and over it is £60.00 inc VAT
  • The cost of the advanced riding test for riders 25 years and younger is £56.00 inc VAT. For riders 26 years and over it is £66.00 inc VAT
  • Your first years' membership is included within your initial test fee. Each following year's annual subscription will be £28.00
  • These subscription fees are separate from any subscription fees to local RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Groups

To keep your RoSPA / RoADAR membership current, you will need to take a 3 yearly re-test. The re-test fee is included in your yearly subscription costs, so there is no extra cost as long as your subscription is kept up to date.

info@whiteknights.org.uk | Tel: 07970 224420 | Registered Charity No. 1124510

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Hamnett House, Gibbet Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 0AX