Some of you may know that I work as a volunteer for the local Blood Bike charity: Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service. This group provides a free transport service for local hospitals delivering not only blood but also samples, medicines, donated breast-milk, patient records and anything else requested that can be fitted onto the back of a motorcycle. It is staffed wholly by unpaid volunteers and receives no public funding, so it is completely reliant on donations to maintain the out-of-hours service (night-time, weekend and public holidays) it offers. The service saves the National Health Service locally more than £275,000 a year which can then be allocated to providing vital patient care.
The charity has recently linked up with two Air Ambulance charities to enable them to carry out on the spot blood transfusions at the scene of accidents to which they are called. In the first three months of operating this new service, the Air Ambulance teams have carried out 15 transfusions to save the lives of casualties who would probably otherwise have died at the scene.
The charity has just published a book describing its first 25 years, what it does and highlighting some of the heartwarming stories of patients it has helped to save. All proceeds from the book are donated to the charity.
If you would like to help support this very worthwhile cause at Christmas then please consider buying a copy of the book as a gift for a relative or friend. It is available through Amazon sites globally in both paperback and Kindle formats.