News: Meet the blood bikers – the life-saving volunteers you’ve never heard of

News: Meet the blood bikers – the life-saving volunteers you’ve never heard of

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A motorcyclist who has helped save countless lives delivering blood for the NHS says it’s a great excuse to hop on his bike.

Dave Taylor-Lennox volunteers for the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bike Service – a group of 103 volunteers who give up their time to make sure vital blood gets to where in needs to be.

The 39-year-old can be woken up at any moment and asked to make a crucial delivery.

The group’s intervention has proven a massive success for the NHS, even though the service doesn’t employ them.

(Image: Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service)

“I actually got involved in 2012, said Dave.

“I was watching One Born Every Minute and an advert for Honda came on that mentioned the Nationwide Emergency Blood Bike Service.

“I saw it and immediately wanted to get involved so I contacted them and discovered that Lincolnshire currently didn’t have a blood bike service.

“I registered my interest and then a few months later they got back to me and said ‘we’ve finally got enough members’ and then they said off you go and form the group.”

Sarah-Jane Mills, Chief Operating Officer at Lincolnshire West CCG, right, presents the award to winner Lincs Emergency Blood Bikes Service
(Image: Anna Draper/ Lincolnshire Echo)

It’s not just blood that Dave could be delivering; the blood bikers also deliver medical records, platelets, breast milk and spinal fluid.

“You never know where you going to be needed next and what you might be delivering,” said Dave.

“Last month I went straight from Blood on Board duty to taking blood to be tested from Lincoln hospital to the Blood Transfusion department in Sheffield.

“I left the house at 5:30pm and didn’t get back until midnight.”

In 2018, the LEBBS completed 26,371 miles and 942 runs on behalf of Lincolnshire NHS and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.  Air ambulances do not carry blood on board, which means that blood bikers like Dave provide a truly vital service.

(Image: Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service)

“A few weeks ago I had to deliver to one of the air ambulances, and when I came back to collect the box I saw that it had been popped, said Dave.

“That means that the air ambulance had to use the blood. The air ambulance staff later told me that the men they were treating wouldn’t have made it to hospital alive if it weren’t for that blood.”

For Dave, volunteering for the blood bikers almost happens to be a great excuse to nurture his passion for motorcycles.

“One of the main reasons I do this is that I love bikes.

“It’s a great excuse when I tell my wife I’m off out on my bike to save lives.”

If you feel inspired to give your time to this life-saving service, please visit their website to get involved.



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