Charity of the month – December
The charity Laggan will be supporting in December is the Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes. Our team will ask you if you are happy to add £1 to your bill which alongside a contribution from Laggan, will be donated to the charity at the end of the month.
Run entirely by volunteers who receive no compensation for their time or costs, the Blood Bike service is provided free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference.
Set up by Dave Hook in 2014, the organisation has grown significantly over the past few years, operating 14 bikes and 8 cars within Dumfries and Galloway. With an average of 180 calls a month, 26,000 miles covered a month, the charity transports a range of items from blood samples, medication, medical notes, medical equipment to blood. The organisations shortest journey averages a whopping 150 miles!
The service is at no cost to the NHS meaning that it not only saves money on taxi costs but also has an efficient, traceable, and safe means of getting urgent items to specialised locations in a timely manner. The savings made by the NHS are used to keep vital services open for the benefit of the patients.
The charity is run entirely by volunteers – 110 to be exact – with no paid staff and no premise costs. Every penny raised is used to help the wheels turning! The charity is the only group UK wide to provide helmets with communications kits and airvest jackets for rider safety
Dave comments: “At first we were intended to be an out of hours service operating between 6pm and 6am Monday to Friday and over the weekend, this soon fell by the wayside as we realised that there was no time limit on when we could help and we became one of only 3 groups in the UK to provide a 24/7 service.”
Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes have bikes and cars based in Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Moffat, Annan and Dumfries and is currently looking for a location in Dalbeattie to base a bike as well.