South Yorkshire Tyre Sponsors Annouced

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes South Yorkshire would like to thank Plumco and Just Trade Windows for becoming an official tyre sponsor for the South Yorkshire Blood Bikes Ivanhoe and Lottie 2.

It’s very much appreciated to receive support from South Yorkshire businesses in this way.

Pictured is South Yorkshire Regional Manager, Roy Clark, with Lewis from Plumco and Frank from Just Trade Windows.

Just Trade Windows

Just Trade Windows

Whiteknights go the extra mile for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Volunteer Blood Bikers in Sheffield have announced they are providing a new, free-of-charge, urgent transportation service to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes will today take the time-critical, Nasal Brush Biopsy samples from Sheffield to Leicester University for the diagnosis of a rare respiratory condition.

Children with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) have a problem with mucus build-up, which leads to infections and swelling of the airways and the ears. Ordinarily the mucus should be cleared by tiny hairs lining the airways called Cilia – but in a child with PCD this process is limited.

Dr Hemant Kulkami, Respiratory Consultant at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust runs the monthly PCD clinic.

“In order to diagnose the condition, a sample of the Cilia are taken from the child’s nose. These samples are challenging to collect, and the procedure can be uncomfortable for the child. The samples are time sensitive and can deteriorate once taken. So its vital the samples are obtained from the patient and delivered to the lab within hours later that day.”

“There are only three centres in England that can process the PCD samples. Once transported to the specialist respiratory centre at Leicester University the sample is then viewed under a microscope.”

South Yorkshire Regional Manager for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Roy Clark said: “The monthly transportation of PCD biopsy samples is another example of how we have been able to diversify the voluntary service we offer the NHS Foundation Trusts in Sheffield. Like all our routine work, the movement of these samples down to Leicester can be fully tracked in real-time. This new initiative is in addition to the overnight and weekend urgent call-out cover we provide to transport urgent blood samples between hospitals in South Yorkshire.”

Layla Austerberry, Respiratory Physiology Assistant, pictured handing the samples to Roy Clark, commented: “I personally think it’s great to have Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes providing this transportation service. With their experience in handling biological specimens, we know the samples will be in safe hands.” 

Pictured at Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital (left to right)

Whiteknights Manager, Roy Clark, Layla Austerberry, Volunteer Rider, David Barrow, Dr Hemant Kulkami.

Newly donated Blood Bike for Halifax and West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Volunteer Blood Bikers gathered in Halifax today to welcome into service a newly donated Blood Bike.

The specially equipped, BMW R1250 motorcycle, has been provided by Halifax based financial firm Investing For Tomorrow. Company Director, Toby Turner joined Company Chairman, Laurence Turner, himself a volunteer Blood Biker, to present the bike to the Whiteknights.

Toby said: “We’re delighted to provide Whiteknights with a new motorcycle to continue their remarkable ‘Out of hours’ voluntary service which benefits patients in West Yorkshire.”

Whiteknights West Yorkshire Manager, Matthew Butterfield added: “It’s excellent to have a new bike to urgently transport blood samples and medications around the Halifax area. The bike goes into service this weekend and we’re very grateful to be supported by a Halifax business in this way.”

Pictured are representatives from Investing For Tomorrow alongside West Yorkshire Whiteknights Volunteer Blood Bikers.

Relay readiness at Whiteknights…

It’s been a very active daytime service for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes Today.

Paul from Whiteknights South Yorkshire riding, “Ivanhoe” collected a Faecal Matter Transplant consignment from SSC Blood Bikes rider, Paul, and then handed over to Harry from Northumbria Blood Bikes at Scotch Corner.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire, Whiteknights North, Volunteer, Andy, transported a consignment of Breast Milk from the donor’s address to Hartshead Moor Services handing over to Pete from Blood Bikes Manchester.

Later that morning Andy then travelled to Calderdale Royal Hospital for another Neonatal Breast Milk delivery to Sheffield’s Jessops Maternity Hospital.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers in our neighbouring Blood Bike charities who worked to make these successful national relays happen. Go team BloodBikes!

Urgent FMT national relay conducted on Blood Bike Day

Meanwhile the vital work we do continues. On National Blood Bike Awareness Day 2021, Whiteknights have deployed Advanced-Qualified Advanced Rider, Mike to participate in a national relay.

Today we have conveyed an urgent Faecal Matter Transplant from South Yorkshire, handing over to David from BloodRun EVS at Scotch Corner. We done for all the, behind-the-scenes organisation that makes this possible.

Whiteknights support the Hospice network…

Over now to Overgate Hospice on National Blood Bike Awareness Day.

We continue to be inspired by the on-going care and dedication at Overgate Hospice. Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are honoured to be able to support them in any way we can all year round.

New vehicles join the fleet…

And so onto our main announcement for National Blood Bike Awareness Day 2021. Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are delighted to launch into Operational Service our two new additions to the fleet.

Pictured are North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Martin Benson, Volunteer Rider, Trevor Cooper and Whiteknights’ Fleet Manager, Adam Stead with our two BMW X2 cars.Excalibur 1 and Excalibur 2 are on loan from BMW UK courtesy of Stratstone BMW Harrogate and Sandal BMW Huddersfield.

Martin said earlier today: “We’re delighted to receive these vehicles into service with Whiteknights. During the winter months they will ensure we are able to keep responding to calls in all weather conditions.”

Blood Bikers say thank you to Terberg DTS UK – fuel sponsor.

Friday 13th August 2021 is National Blood Bike Awareness Day.

Whiteknights’ Volunteer Advanced-Qualified riders will be wearing their Blood Bike jackets with pride as we join other independent Blood Bike Charities across the UK in celebrating the countless hours of volunteering to make urgent deliveries – free to the NHS – by volunteer motorcyclists.

There are now in excess of 3000 volunteer blood bikers in the UK who throughout the Pandemic have worked around the clock to respond to urgent call-outs to move Blood Samples, COVID-19 tests and other vital medical supplies and medications between hospitals and hospices.

For Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Blood Bike Awareness Day 2021, is the perfect opportunity to say an enormous thank you to one of the most significant supporting sponsors in our history.

Elland-based firm, Terberg DTS UK have been paying to fuel our fleet. That’s right. We’ve responded to more than 3000 urgent call-outs in the last year and Terberg DTS have paid for all the petrol – that’s covering more than 80,000 miles of travel across our entire fleet. Whiteknights say a heartfelt and sincere, “thank you!”, for making such a major contribution to the care of patients across Yorkshire and enabling us to do what we do.

Pictured, lined up in salute to Terberg DTS UK are 5 motorcycles from the Whiteknights’ fleet. On Blood Bike Day 2021 – this is the day we say thank you for fueling the fleet.