Posted by Louisa Heath on October 12th, 2018.
Each and every month staff at TorFX do their best to support worthwhile causes and raise money in support of local and national charities.
Our latest charity of choice was the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, a collection of hardworking volunteers who provide the NHS with free out-of-hours transportation of essential medical supplies.
Blood bikers’ life-saving cargo extends from whole blood to X-rays and MRI scans; anything that can be safely carried by bike that needs rapid transport to or from hospital.
With more than 3,000 volunteers – operating in various member groups across the country – the NABB completed more than 70,000 runs in 2017, saving the NHS significant money in the process.
As Roy Chandler, Vice Chair of the NABB, told us:
‘NABB is the representative body for blood bike groups. It attempts to set basic standards of conduct and performance so that member groups around the country can be seen to be providing a consistent and professional service in support of the NHS.
‘NABB has successfully negotiated with the HM Treasury to allow groups to reclaim VAT incurred on their running costs. NABB has also worked with motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha, to devise a bike which is most suitable for the sort of courier service we provide.
‘No member group has any employees – all services are staffed by volunteers. Contributions such as yours make a huge difference to our work in continuing to uphold and where possible to raise the standards we expect of our members.’
In the span of four weeks staff at TorFX raised £350 by taking part in a regular Friday dress down, swapping out suits for jeans for charity.
If you want to learn more about the NABB, find out about the vital work its bikers do or make a donation of your own head over to their website and get involved.
The NABB is also on Twitter and Facebook, giving you the chance to stay even more up to date with the blood bikers and their mission to spread free and high quality rapid medical transport to the whole of the UK.
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