Garforth restaurant supports volunteer Blood Bikers…

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bike North Team would like to thank Wasim Aslam of the Aagrah Restaurant, Garforth, Leeds for generously supporting the Yorkshire Blood Bike Charity.

Eleven Whiteknights Volunteer Riders were treated to a complimentary meal at a recent social gathering.

The evening also saw the first appearance of a newly liveried, donated vehicle, which will receive its public unveiling very soon.

Pictured is Whiteknights’ North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Andy Richardson, alongside Wasim Aslam of the Aagrah Restaurant, Garforth.

If you or your business would like to recognise and support our volunteers right across Yorkshire – we’d love to hear from you.

Bumper year for vital service…

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have been analysing the statistics of our voluntary urgent delivery activities for the entire year of 2023.

Below are the total 2023 statistics of our charity’s service to the NHS and to the Hospices we support.We responded to 3254 Urgent call-outs for local patients. Then we participated in 64 national relays alongside our neighbouring Blood Bike Groups to benefit a patient elsewhere in the country.

Isn’t that remarkable? We delivered 2362 Blood and Covid samples, nearly a thousand Pharmacy items and medications for patients and made 32 donated Breast Milk deliveries.

UK Blood Bike groups provide a vital, potentially life-saving service 365 days a year.

The Whiteknights’ fleet of Blood Bikes travelled over ninety thousand miles with almost 5800 volunteer hours on call covering the whole of Yorkshire.

We genuinely believe we have saved the NHS well over £100,000 in urgent transportation costs during 2023.

This voluntary service is entirely reliant on public donations.

Please consider making a donation to us at this time to support us through the winter.

The Whiteknights’ motto: – “We would never presume to have saved a life – but we’re very proud to think we make a real difference.”

York Triumph Owners support Whiteknights

Whiteknights would like to thank the members of Yorvik Vikings, the York branch of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club, for raising £379 in aid of Whiteknights.

A huge thank you. Pictured are Branch Chairman, Rob Huxtable and North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Andy Richardson.

3382 urgent deliveries during 2023 announced…

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes would like to wish all our remarkable Volunteers, Friends, Supporters & other Blood Bike Charitable Goups in the UK and abroad – a very happy new year!

As of 7pm tonight we have successfully completed an incredible 3382 urgent deliveries during 2023 for Hospitals and Hospices in Yorkshire. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Thank you to our volunteers who are on standby to be deployed this New Year’s Eve and during New Year’s Day.

Volunteering Award for South Yorkshire Whiteknights…

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are delighted to receive a recognition award for the countless hours of volunteering by our remarkable Advanced – Qualified, Volunteer Blood Bike Riders.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have awarded us a PROUD Volunteer of the Year Award.

What an excellent way to finish another year of service to the Hospitals and Hospices we support.Thank you for recognising just what we do 365 days a year.

Bradford Restaurant serves up donation to Yorkshire Blood Bikes Charity…

The Emergency Voluntary Service Charity, Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have awarded a Bradford business with a fundraising award.

Arshad Mahmood of the Aagrah Midpoint Restaurant received the Whiteknights’ Angels Award from the Yorkshire Charity’s Community Liaison, Chris Parker.

Chris added: “We convey urgent deliveries of blood samples and medications overnight by volunteer motorcyclists for all NHS patients in communities in West Yorkshire.

“We really appreciate the recognition and support from a local business in this way to support our work over the winter months.”

Pictured is Arshad and Chris outside the Aagrah Midpoint Restaurant, Bradford.

Funeral arrangements annouced…

Funeral of Howard Victor (Vic) Siswick  

The celebration of Vic’s life will take place at 13:15 on Thursday 23 November 2023 at Huddersfield Crematorium, Fixby Road, Huddersfield HD2 2JF.  W3Words –  ///dock.bench.follow 

The service will last 45 minutes.   

The family have requested, if possible, that those attending consider wearing a white rose or something white. His coffin will adorned with family flowers, white roses and his blood bike crash helmet.

Donations can be made to support Whiteknights Yorkshire blood bikes via a Just Giving page:

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes is a charity that Vic founded in 2008 whilst undergoing cancer treatment as he noticed a lack of an urgent transportation service for blood and pathology samples,  “Out of hours.”   

Those attending can either make their way directly to the crematorium, OR one of Vic’s real desirers, which is fully supported by his family is for the cortege to include escort motorcycles in front of and behind the family vehicles. 

Remaining motorcycles from the various groups Vic worked with are being encouraged to form a convoy behind the family cars for the 5 mile journey to the crematorium. (Vic loved to showboat).

Those attending are asked where possible to wear their preferred high-vis event jacket, screen blades etc, so the family get a feel for those in attendance.  Convoy line up will be marked blood bikes then other group representations in any order.

Motorcycles wanting to tag on behind should congregate ‘ready to roll’ by 12:30 at:

 Rookery Lane, Salterhebble, Halifax. HX3 0PZ.    W3Words:  ///  

NOTE:  This location is hindered by major roadworks, so allow extra time to get to the RV point.  (Beware of the cobbles when turning left from Salterhebble Hill, plus its a narrow street and need to turn round ready to exit).

To assist the family with catering can those attending the wake please confirm directly with me ASAP.  Please email: 

The venue will be confirmed based on potential numbers attending.

Whiteknights’ Founder Dies aged 76…

It is with deepest sympathy that Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes announce the death today of Vic Siswick, Honorary Founding Member of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Vic died following a period of illness at the age of 76.

He was an inspiring leader, a highly committed supporter of the NHS and an excellent motorcyclist riding for Blood Bikes and the NEG. All Whiteknights today pay tribute to Vic.

We express our sincere condolences to Vic’s family at this time.

Volunteer Yorkshire Blood Bikers receive major donation…

Volunteer Blood Bikers in Leeds have received a major donation from a church in Alwoodley.

Alwoodley Park Methodist Church raised £2000 to support the operational costs of providing the “Free to the NHS” urgent transport service.

Andrew Foster, the Chairman of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes commented: “This donation is one of the largest we have received during 2023 and will help to keep our voluntary service of delivering urgent blood samples for testing on the road this autumn.”

Pictured presenting a “Whiteknights’ Fundraising Champions” certificate is Volunteer Rider Adam, alongside, Judith Jackson, Gill Mason and Rob Garlick from Alwoodley Park Methodist Church.