Volunteering with Whiteknights… update

Whiteknights would like to thank the large numbers of people contacting us to offer their services as volunteers at this time.

As we continue to support patients and NHS services at the current mandated requirements of our official NHS Service Level agreements, at present we have no plans to review the entry requirements and qualifications required for operational duties by volunteers for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Volunteers require Advanced Riding/Driving Qualifications and suitable induction training which we appreciate may be challenging to achieve at this time.

The safety and wellbeing of our volunteers is of paramount importance to us and we continue to appraise the “risk versus requirement” to maintain the free Out-of-hours service we offer to the NHS clinical services we support.

Thank you once again for contacting Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes – it only goes to show how supportive the British Public can be at times such as these.

Whiteknights volunteer riders receive life-saving Airbag Vests.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have received a potentially life-saving addition to the personal protection equipment of their volunteer riders.

Each Blood Bike motorcycle in the Whiteknights fleet now comes with a safety airbag vest that inflates in milliseconds should the rider be involved in a collision.

The manufacturers claim the airbag vest has already been proven to greatly reduce the likelihood of serious injury. The inflated vest expands to protect the neck, shoulders, spine and chest.

At a recent presentation of the airbag vests, Whiteknights Chairman, Andrew Foster, said: “We hugely appreciate the donation of £5000 through Kirklees Lodge 4710, from the West Riding Masonic Charities to provide these airbag vests.

“They are a significant step forward in the protection equipment worn by our volunteer motorcycle riders who urgently transfer Blood Samples and vital supplies between hospitals free of charge.”

In South Yorkshire, the vests were presented to South Yorkshire Regional Managers Chris Taylor and Roy Clark by Russell Pettet and Steven Broadbent of Kirklees Masonic Lodge, at the Northern General Hospital.