NWBBM has reached the final round of the Aviva Community Fund 2014 competition having been nominated by Altrincham-based motorcycle insurance specialist Carole Nash. The company has pitched for a grant worth over £4,000 on behalf of the charity which serves NHS hospitals, surgeries and hospices across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire from its Hyde headquarters.
If successful, NWBBM will use the money to stock and livery a promotional vehicle trailer which it takes to countless events across the region in order to raise much-needed funds and awareness of its activities.
“We provide an emergency out-of-hours service totally free to the NHS, which means we are totally reliant upon the goodwill of local people to meet what are quite considerable operating costs,” explained NWBBM trustee Clare Redfern.
“The trailer is therefore very important to us in getting the message out about what it is we do and encouraging people to donate or support us financially by buying merchandise. We’re immensely grateful to Carole Nash for putting us forward for an Aviva Community Fund award because, should it succeed, that money will make a real difference.”
Founded by Clare’s brother, Paul “Red” Redfern, president of Hyde’s Rising Moon Motorcycle Club, NWBBM makes deliveries using five specially equipped motorcycles – one donated by Carole Nash – and 10 volunteer riders. These are supported by a back-up support vehicle and a control centre operation which is also staffed solely by volunteers.
As well as blood and blood products the charity races breast milk, medical records, x-rays and controlled drugs to NHS and charity-run facilities such as St. Anne’s Hospice in Bolton and the Chester-based North West Human Milk Bank. It estimates it saves these organisations around £45,000 annually on courier and taxi charges which can then be devoted to patient care.
Now the charity must wait until November 4th to find out of Carole Nash’s bid for cash has been successful. “We’re pleased that North West Blood Bikes Manchester has been shortlisted but will hold back on celebrating until we find out if they are to receive this much needed cash,” commented Carole Nash’s chief executive, David Newman. “In the meantime we will be meeting with them to discuss how, having already funded one blood bike and assisted with the fleet insurance, we might better support their awareness and fundraising activities moving forward.
“I would also urge anyone who can spare a donation, big or small, to visit the charity’s JustGiving page. It’s an excellent cause that benefits young, old and everyone in-between across the North West.”