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

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.

15

Dec

Whiteknights North Yorkshire – now recruiting for 2021

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

New Year… New Challenge

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes North Yorkshire are now recruiting new riders for 2021. Check out our latest recruitment video on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/yorkshirebloodbikes

If you’ve got what it takes to be an on-call Blood Biker and would like to join a team of dedicated volunteers, then we would like to hear from you.

Message us through Facebook or email: info@whiteknights.org.uk for further information.

08

Dec

800 free of charge lockdown journeys for Sheffield Hospitals.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Volunteer motorcyclists carry 800 free-of-charge journeys to transport blood samples since the start of the first lockdown.

As the temporary Phlebotomy Testing site at the Sheffield Arena relocates and the involvement of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes comes to a close, the Yorkshire Blood Bike charity announce a grand total of 800 voluntary journeys transporting blood samples to Sheffield hospitals.

Whiteknights South Yorkshire Regional Manager, Roy Clark commented:

“It’s been a real privilege to support Sheffield patients and Sheffield Hospitals by transporting blood samples every hour free-of-charge to the NHS.

“Our volunteers have been so enthusiastic and have shown a great deal of commitment to provide this transportation service on a daily basis since the temporary site at the Arena opened earlier this year.

“We’ve had such positive feedback from Clinical staff saying how reliable and rapid our blood bike service has been and has really contributed to the speed in which patients could receive their blood test results.”

South Yorkshire Whiteknights will now focus on their usual out-of-hours service, overnight and 24 hours at weekends.

Pictured on their final shift transporting blood samples from the Arena are Whiteknights Volunteer bikers, Mark Llewellyn and South Yorkshire Regional Manager,Roy Clark.

06

Nov

“It really makes a difference…”

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

In this short video, Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector & Charities, Rachael Maskell MP, visits St Leonards Hospice, York – to see the collaboration between Hospice colleagues and the volunteers of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes North Yorkshire are again now providing a 24/7 service during national lockdown. This is an increase of service provision above the Out-of-hours evenings and weekend duties normally undertaken.

06

Nov

Shadow Voluntary Sector Minister commends Whiteknights on Lock down duty…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

A York Member of Parliament has commended a North Yorkshire voluntary charity for the way it has been collaborating to support St Leonard’s Hospice in York during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Rachael Maskell MP, the Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector and Charities visited St Leonards Hospice, meeting nursing staff and volunteer motorcyclists from Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

“I’ve come to see the work of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes in the way they serve St Leonard’s by transporting samples and supplies around the city and beyond to back-up the NHS and other health providers at this really crucial time.

“Over the last several months, we’ve seen how people have stepped up in order to support their communities. The more people who come forward to volunteer, it really does help support all of those activities, and of course charities themselves need support at this time as well.

“It’s incredible to think that people give up their time to do that and to provide that essential support at a time when we really need it – I’m so grateful for the organisation for being there.”

Emma Johnson, Chief Executive at St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “We really value the support from Whiteknights, who we frequently call upon at night and during weekends to transport medical items and supplies for us. The volunteers have been invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all of them on behalf of our clinical team and our patients.”

“During the summer we have been able to recruit a small number of volunteers to further strengthen our dedicated team of volunteer Advanced-Qualified motorcyclists. They all say how rewarding they find volunteering with us.”

North Yorkshire Regional Manager for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Dave Dickinson also announced to the MP for York Central: “Now the second lockdown has returned, Whiteknights North Yorkshire are again returning to a 24/7 operational service, to support the NHS and hospices in our area. This increases our availability on top of the Out-Of-Hours, overnight and weekend service we provide free-of-charge.”

Pictured alongside nursing colleagues from St Leonards Hospice is Rachael Maskell MP, with North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Dave Dickinson and volunteer rider, Gary Parkinson of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

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13

Sep

Whiteknights escort North Yorks Ride Retro 2020

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes North Yorkshire Regional Team today attended the “Ride Retro 2020” from Stamford Bridge to Yorks Minster. Thanks to Sean and Regional Manager, Dave for providing a lead-out escort to the custom, classics and scooters en-route.

Pictured outside York Minster are event organisers Paul and Nick, with WKYBB’s Dave Dickinson, and special guest, WWii, York Normandy Veteran, Ken Cook.Watch this space as a short video about the special day goes live later tonight.

Thank you to donations from the public and the biker and scooter community for raising £148 for Whiteknights this weekend in North Yorkshire.

14

Aug

York Blood Biker: #Risingtothechallenge

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

National Blood Bike Awareness Day – Friday 14th August 2020

A volunteer Blood Biker from Haxby has been given a Service Award in recognition of his support for the, “Free to the NHS”, urgent transportation service, during the height of the pandemic outbreak.

Advanced-Qualified motorcyclist, John Coe, has spent countless hours voluntarily transporting blood samples and medication from Hospices and Hospitals in and around the York area.

John volunteers with Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, an independent Blood Bike Charity.

Whiteknights’ North Yorkshire Manager, David Dickinson speaking on National Blood Bike Awareness Day – 14th August said:

“During the height of the pandemic outbreak, Whiteknights became a 24/7 voluntary service in addition to the usual, “Out of Hours” transportation service we provide to the NHS free of Charge overnight and at weekends.

“During this time, not only did John provide countless hours of service, I felt he went above and beyond, by stepping in and supporting other volunteers who were also on operational duties for Whiteknights. John also helped with other areas of the service like taking motorcycles for vital maintenance during lockdown. I wanted to recognize his commitment and enthusiasm – especially as the theme of National Blood Bike Day this year is, “Rising to the Challenge,” something which John has embodied.”

Pictured receiving his award, John said: “I’m speechless and taken by surprise to receive such an award. During the pandemic, being part of a voluntary Blood Bike team has been very rewarding – we had a job to do for North Yorkshire Patients and I feel very proud to in some way have helped the NHS during this challenging time.”

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