North West Blood Bikes wins cash injection
The Manchester-based charity secured a £2,000 cheque from insurer Aviva after being nominated by Carole Nash to benefit from its annual Community Fund. The money will be used to stock and livery NWBBM’s promotional trailer which it takes to shows and fundraising events across the North West NWBBM volunteer Chris Cherry attended the finals of the Community Awards where he learned the charity had triumphed and accepted the award from Aviva executives and host Will Greenwood, Rugby World Cup Winner and Community Fund Ambassador.
A grateful Chris said: “When you’re a relatively small charity like North West Blood Bikes every penny counts so this award will make a real difference to us and the work we do. We rely entirely on the goodwill of the people of Manchester and across the region to fund an emergency out-of-hours delivery service which helps the NHS saves both money and lives.”
Whilst the cash award is significant it doesn’t mean either NWBBM or Carole Nash can be complacent. Whilst the charity is staffed entirely by volunteers its annual operating costs are around £36,000 so the battle to raise funds is ongoing.
Carole Nash head of marketing Rebecca Donohue has pledged the company’s continuing support.
“We’ve backed NWBBM since 2012 when we donated a specially adapted second vehicle so that they could get out on the road and start making those vital emergency deliveries of blood and medical supplies. We’ve launched other fundraising activities since and will continue to do so because this is a charity very close to our hearts.”
By tackling over 1,250 emergency deliveries NWBBM’s 10 volunteer riders and the control room team save the NHS an estimated £45,000 annually. Its service is also potentially lifesaving as blood, breast milk and other time-sensitive medical products and files are rushed to help patient care at North West hospitals and hospices.
- If you’d like to make a donation to NWBBM – it is the season of goodwill after all! – or find out more about what they do visit www.nwbbm.org.uk.