York family presents a donated Blood Car to Yorkshire Charity…

The family of a post-war era, North York Moors AA Patrol Man has presented a donated Blood Car to Whiteknights, the Yorkshire Emergency Voluntary Blood Bike charity.

Bertil Wilson, patrolled the North York Moors for 35 years from the 50’s to the 80’s, initially on a motorbike and sidecar and was renown in his local community.

In memory of his father, Peter donated the Skoda Fabia Blood Car named, “Boy Wilson” in Bertil’s honour.

At the unveiling at York Hospital today Peter and his wife Maggie were presented with a “Whiteknights Champions” award in recognition of their generosity.

The car will be used to transport urgent blood specimen samples, donated breast milk, and urgent medications by volunteer drivers at no cost to the NHS.

The Yorkshire Blood Bike charity is reliant on cars during adverse weather conditions too dangerous to use their fleet of motorcycles. Prior to this donation volunteers were using their own vehicles in freezing winter temperatures.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes made over 3000 urgent deliveries last year for hospitals and hospices and travelled more than 80,000 miles around the region.

Pictured at the unveiling from the York Hospital Trust: Jenny Fullthorpe, Krishnan Sharma, Joanna Andrew. Whiteknights Volunteers: Mike Harrison and Andy Richardson are alongside the vehicle’s donors, Peter and Maggie Wilson.

New Riders Needed for New Blood Bike…

The Emergency Voluntary Blood Bike Charity, Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, are appealing for new riders to ride their newly donated Blood Bike.

The new BMW R1250RT Blood Bike is on duty this weekend and was welcomed into service by representatives of the motorcycle’s donors and staff from the Transfusion Team at York Hospital.

Members of the Pocklington based, Widows Sons Masonic Biker Group have been instrumental in raising nearly twenty-thousand pounds to provide the voluntary Blood Bike service with a new bike for North Yorkshire.

Andy Hunn, of the Widow Sons Group presented Whiteknights’ North Yorkshire Manager, Andy Richardson with the keys for the new motorcycle at York Hospital.

Mr Hunn said: “We’re very proud to have purchased a new Blood Bike which will operate in the areas covered by York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust. Whiteknights Volunteer Blood Bikers provide a marvelous service totally free of charge to hospitals and hospices in our region.

“They have been so busy during the Pandemic, having ridden thousands of miles, that the Blood Bike for our area needed replacing. We raised £1000 in our local group then achieved further funding through other Masonic charitable foundations including the Freemasons Charity Foundation of Yorkshire North and East Riding.”

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes North Yorkshire Manager, Andy Richardson added: “We’re delighted to have a new bike available overnight and twenty-four hours at weekends to transport urgent blood samples and medication in the York area. We are now looking to recruit more motorcyclists to volunteer their riding skills to benefit the NHS.

Senior Pharmacy Technician at York Hospital, Cat Reed added:
“We only call Whiteknights when the medications and Controlled Drugs require urgent delivery. We know they’re all volunteers and so we treat the Blood Bike service with the respect and value it deserves – you do a brilliant job!”

The Charity states that for every, free-to-the -NHS journey made out-of-hours by Whiteknights’ volunteers, the charity saves the NHS from expensive alternate transportation costs.

Pictured handing the keys for the Blood Bike is Andy Hunn from The Widows Sons Lodge, and Whiteknight’s North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Andy Richardson.

Newly donated Blood Bike for Halifax and West Yorkshire…

Volunteer Blood Bikers have received into operational service a newly donated Blood Bike to benefit patients in West Yorkshire.

The £18000, specially equipped, BMW R1250 motorcycle, was presented to the West Yorkshire volunteer rider team of Whiteknights at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax.

The bike named, Tamsin, has been provided by a local Halifax firm, Investing For Tomorrow.

West Yorkshire Manager for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Matthew Butterfield joined with other volunteer riders to accept the keys for the bike.

The donation of the new Blood Bike was facilitated by a former General Manager of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Laurence Turner.

For further information about Investing For Tomorrow, follow the link to their website: https://iftwm.com/

Volunteer Blood Bikers thank their fuel sponsor…

A West Yorkshire based company has paid for over 5500 urgent Blood Bike journeys to support the NHS, during its two-year sponsorship of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Volunteer Motorcyclists gathered at the Elland Headquarters of Terberg DTS UK Special Vehicles to publically thank the Terberg Charitable Foundation.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes West Yorkshire Manager, Matthew Butterfield commented: “Terberg has fuelled our fleet of Blood Bike Motorcycles for the last two years. In that time they have paid for the petrol of over 5500 urgent, “Out-of-hours,” Blood Bike motorcycle journeys.

“Having our fuel sponsored for the first time since our formation in 2008 has been instrumental in ensuring our vital work of supporting Hospitals and Hospices in the region could continue post-pandemic. Terberg DTS UK have also supplied and sponsored one of our motorcycles. They have been the most generous and supportive local business in the history of our charity and we are incredibly grateful for their support.”

Managing Director of Terberg DTS UK, Alisdair Cooper added:

“We wanted to recognise that our voluntary Blood Bikers in Yorkshire do a fabulous job to benefit our community and Yorkshire Patients. The riders achieve so much moving Blood Samples, medications, donated breast milk and medical supplies every day of the year. It’s been an absolute pleasure to support their voluntary work for this period.”

Pictured are volunteer Blood Bikers  alongside Whiteknights’ West Yorkshire Manager, Matthew Butterfield thanking Alisdair Cooper of Terberg DTS UK.

Vehicles on show for Blood Bike Day 2021

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have put on display their newly loaned and donated vehicles for National Blood Bike Day.

Whiteknights Volunteer Advanced-qualified Rider, Trevor Cooper is pictured alongside a BMW R1200RT Blood Bike donated by The Mark Benevolent Fund of the Mark Master Masons.

In 2018 more than £400,000 was donated to Blood Bike Charities across England and Wales. They supplied cars and motorcycles which went into service and provided vital support to the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Also on display are two vehicles on-loan from BMW UK. West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire BMW Dealers, Sandal BMW and Stratstone BMW have a history of supporting Whiteknights in this way.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes remain extremely grateful to be equipped with vehicles vital to perform their voluntary service.

Pictured are North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Martin Benson and Fleet Manager, Adam Stead.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes launch their latest fleet vehicle a BMW i3 electric car – just when its needed most…

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes launch their latest fleet vehicle a BMW i3 electric car.

The vehicle is supplied and maintained by Sandal BMW Huddersfield.
It has gone into immediate operational service to support the urgent and emergency transfer of Blood Samples between Hospitals and Hospices in West Yorkshire especially during the recent adverse weather conditions in West Yorkshire.

Newly donated motorcycle joins the fleet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are delighted to announce the addition of a new BMW R1250 into their fleet of operational blood bikes.

Seen here at the recent unveiling at an event in Bradford, Stewart Carley from the Provincial Grand Chapter of Yorkshire West Riding, handed the keys to Whiteknights West Yorkshire Manager, Andy Dickens.

“As we enter into our busy period of the winter months, having a new bike available to our riders is hugely appreciated,” said Andy.

The new machine is called Victoria and is named after Stewart’s daughter. Stewart is among the first few recipients to be awarded the certification of “Whiteknights Champion” for their contribution to the sustainability of our charity.

Whiteknights Go Green with Electric Vehicle

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have just completed their first operational relay run in our new electric vehicle. Thanks to Sandal BMW, the battery-powered BMW i3 completed a zero-emission relay of Microbiology Samples from Scotch Corner on the A1 into Leeds city centre to Leeds General Infirmary.

Pictured presenting the keys to WKYBB Fleet Manager, John Mitchell, is Head of Business at Sandal Huddersfield, Richard Avery. Watch this space for future updates about our eco-friendly vehicle.

Speaking at the key hand-over , Fleet Manager, John Mitchell said: “Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are very grateful for the generosity of Sandal BMW in providing the Charity with the use of this electric vehicle.

“The BMW i3 will be an invaluable addition to our fleet of motorbikes and will be used both when winter can introduce more risk in use of the bikes, and in the Spring and Summer months will be used additionally at fundraising and promotional events to help raise awareness of the work that Whiteknights do.”

Blood Bike named in remembrance of PC Dave Fields

In a short dedication ceremony held at Roddisons Motorsport headquarters in Sheffield, PC Dave Field’s widow, Emma, his brother, PC Richard Fields, Rose Gibson and Kevin Harper of Simpson Millar and Paul Roddison presented Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bike Advanced-Qualified Volunteer Riders, Paranjit, Dennis, Steve and Roy with the Blood Samples Carrier Box and Keys to commission into service the Dave Fields Blood Bike.

Ivanhoe Lodge donate a new Blood Bike for South Yorkshire

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are delighted to launch “Ivanhoe” – a BMW R1200RTP to the Whiteknights Fleet.
At a launch event at Tapton Hall in Sheffield, the Trustees of Ivanhoe Lodge formally handed over the keys and released, “Ivanhoe,” into South Yorkshire operational Blood Bike service. It forms part of a total donation totalling £30,000 to run and maintain the machine for the next three years.

Our sincere thanks to the Trustees of Ivanhoe Lodge for supporting Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes in this way.

Pictured: Left to Right:
Roy Clark (WKYBB South Yorkshire Dep. Manager), Keith Hewitt, Michael Nelson, John Clague, Gavin Watson, Andrew Foster (WKYBB Chairman) Andy Dickens (WKYBB West Yorkshire Manager)