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.”
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.
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)
Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes today marked National Blood Bike Awareness Day with the presentation of a donated BMW motorcycle from Elland-based Special Vehicle supplier Terberg DTS (UK).
West Yorkshire Regional Manager for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Andy Dickens said, “We’re delighted to receive this bike into our expanding fleet of motorcycles, ridden by volunteers to urgently transport medical samples for testing between Hospitals and Hospices in Yorkshire.
“So far 2018 has seen a continued increase in the demand for Voluntary Blood Bike services from our charity. Whiteknights received 1746 call-outs between August 2017 to August 2018 with 810 call-outs from 1st January this year.”
Alisdair Couper, Managing Director of Terberg DTS (UK) added; “We’re one of the UK’s largest supplier of Special Vehicles to the Logistics and Military market sector. We’re part of the Dutch Terberg Group with a history spanning 150 years. We opened our current facility in Elland in 2000 and we now have 140 staff working 24 hours a day supporting our civilian and military customers.
“We’re delighted to donate this motorcycle to the Whiteknights. We have many colleagues within the business who are passionate motorcyclists and we thought is was very fitting to support the Whiteknights who are providing a fantastic service to support the NHS in this way.”
The increased work load experienced by Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes is also reflected nationally.
Statistics from the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, comprising 32 independent Blood Bike Charity groups, registered a record 73,617 operational call-outs during this period – an increase of more than 30% over figures for 2016-2017.
Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes will be celebrating Blood Bike Awareness day this weekend with public appearances at Meadowhall, Sheffield and Doncaster Races.
Pictured (left to right) presenting the BMW Motorcycle is Alisdair and Paul from Terberg DTS (UK) and West Yorkshire Regional Manager for WKYBB, Andy Dickens.