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

12

Aug

Pharmacy appreciation for Whiteknights.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Next up for Blood Bike Day 2022 we join Whiteknights North Yorkshire riders who are joined by staff from the Hospital Pharmacy departments of York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Pictured is Senior Pharmacy Technician, Cat Reed, joined by Senior Pharmacy Assistant, Arran Fletcher outside York Hospital.

Cat said to Whiteknights Advanced Qualified Volunteer Riders, Andy and Tony: “We really appreciate all that you do for us. We only call you when the medications and Controlled Drugs are urgently required somewhere.

sEveryone on the team knows that you’re volunteers and so we treat the Blood Bike service with the respect and value it deserves – you do a brilliant job!”

12

Aug

Time Critical Biopsy deliveries…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

It’s now time to learn of what is possibly the most mission critical and time critical endeavour Whiteknights have the privilege of undertaking.

We’re delighted to introduce Dr Hemant Kulkami, Respiratory Consultant at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust who runs a specialist monthly PCD clinic.Each month, Whiteknights urgently transport Nasal Brush Biopsy samples from Sheffield to Leicester University for the diagnosis of a rare respiratory condition.

“Children with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) have a problem with mucus build-up, which leads to infections and swelling of the airways and the ears. Ordinarily the mucus should be cleared by tiny hairs lining the airways called Cilia – but in a child with PCD this process is limited.

“In order to diagnose the condition, a sample of the Cilia are taken from the child’s nose. These samples are challenging to collect, and the procedure can be uncomfortable for the child. The samples are time sensitive and can deteriorate once taken. So its vital the samples are obtained from the patient and delivered to the lab within hours later that day.

““There are only three centres in England that can process the PCD samples. Once transported to the specialist respiratory centre at Leicester University the sample is then viewed under a microscope.”

Layla Austerberry, Respiratory Physiology Assistant, commented: “I personally think it’s great to have Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes providing this transportation service. With their experience in handling biological specimens, we know the samples will be in safe hands.”

Pictured is Dr Hemant Kulkami with Dr Elizabeth Gregson and clinical staff from the PCD Clinic at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

12

Aug

Blood Bike Day 2022: Time Critical

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Our first posting on Blood Bike Day 2022: Time Critical, is from the West Yorkshire Team of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

In the last 48 hours, Whiteknights were deployed to participate on a national Blood Bike relay and rendezvous with our friends and colleagues from Blood Bikes Manchester. The task: to collect at the handover, a consignment of urgently needed donated Breast Milk despatched by Wythenshawe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Harry from Blood Bikes Manchester is pictured at the handover at the motorways services meeting point with Laurence from Whiteknights. Laurence then rapidly deployed to deliver the vital breast milk to the Neonatal Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Many people have no idea that our volunteering work involves this kind of vital service which benefits the very youngest and most vulnerable of Yorkshire patients.

Please support the work of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes and your local Blood Bike charity.Don’t miss our next posting about a #timecritical service from Whiteknights in South Yorkshire.

31

Jul

The Revs N Relics Ride Out in aid of Whiteknights.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Here is a video clip showing many of the excellent bikes that gathered in Rotherham today for the Revs N Relics Ride Out in aid of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

30

Jun

Inner Wheel Hull Kingston keep the wheels turning at Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

The Ladies group of Inner Wheel Hull Kingston, have decided to close their group after forty years of serving their local communities. At their final Charter event in June they decided to support two charities in their final year of fundraising. Following various fundraising opportunities they have made a donation of £1000 to Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Pictured receiving the donation is PR Manager, Matthew from Whiteknights, Inner Wheel, District 137 Chairperson, Christine Smith, and Inner Wheel Hull Kingston President, Ann Johnson.  

03

Jun

Whiteknights and the Platinum Jubilee

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

On behalf of all the volunteers at Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, we convey our congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen on Her Platinum Jubilee of 70 years reign. Whiteknights are attending various events across Yorkshire this Bank Holiday to join in with the celebrations.

02

Jun

Hand of Friendship National Blood Bike Tour arrives in Yorkshire.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

A Hand of Friendship national tour of Blood Bikes groups being undertaken by two Blood Bikers over the Jubilee Weekend has arrived in Yorkshire.

Thomas and Mark from newly-formed NABB Group, Highland and Islands Blood Bikes, are circumnavigating the UK stopping along the way to obtain signatures on their Friendship Charter. Having departed Inverness at 4AM they arrived at Pontefract Castle at lunchtime. They were greeted by Whiteknights, Paul Andrews, Ian Dabell and Neil Clarkson.

In return, Paul presented the two travellers with a well deserved bottle of Yorkshire tipple, Theakstons Old Peculiar.

Thomas added: “It’s been really fantastic to meet our fellow Blood Bikers around the country. I can’t believe its never been undertaken before.”

31

May

Sheffield Soroptimists award major donation to Sheffield’s voluntary Blood Bikers.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

iLadies of the Sheffield branch of Soroptimists International, have made a major donation to Sheffield’s voluntary Blood Bikers.

The visiting President of Soroptimists International, Yorkshire region, Madame President, Lindsay Green presented Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes Deputy South Yorkshire Manager, Andrew Wragg with a donation of £500 at a recent event at Tapton Hall.

Lindsay commented, “This evening we have learnt in more detail the marvellous voluntary service provided in Sheffield and across Yorkshire by Whiteknights’s Blood Bikers. The urgent transportation service they provide free of charge to the NHS during the night and at weekends is an inspiration and we thoroughly commend the commitment to patient care they demonstrated during the Pandemic.”

24

May

Caiden meets Whiteknights at Bramall Lane

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

A ten year-old boy who is visiting all 20 Premier League football clubs around the country to raise funds for local Blood Bike Charities has arrived in Sheffield.

Caiden Rolph, from Peterborough, received a warm welcome from Sheffield Blood Bikers at the Sheffield United ground earlier today.

Caiden was wearing his specially made Blood Biker vest adorned with the badges of the Blood Bike charities he has met and supported.

Caiden’s mother Claire said, “It’s been wonderful to meet the Whiteknights today and for Caiden to go pitch-side at Bramall Lane.

“Caiden has Autism and is a huge football fan. It’s been a wonderful adventure for him to visit the Premier League clubs and to highlight the voluntary work of Blood Bikes around the country over the last few years.”

Caiden presented Whiteknights, South Yorkshire Manager, Roy Clark with a cheque for £150 which he had raised.

Pictured are Sheffield Blood Bikers from Whiteknights, Chris, Ann, Paul, Roy and Andrew alongside Caiden and Claire Rolph.

01

Apr

Inner Wheel choose Whiteknights

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

More good news for Whiteknights’ Out-of-hours urgent transportation service.

The current President of Hull Kingston Inner Wheel, Ann Johnson (pictured) has announced the selection of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes as her chosen charity for 2022.

Ann was joined by the ladies of the Inner Wheel group at a recent fundraising opportunity held at a Waitrose Supermarket.

Whiteknights are extremely grateful to be selected by groups as demand for support in the charity sector is at an all time high.

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