Kirkby Lonsdale raises cash for vital blood bikes service

Fundraisers hand over a chequie to the blood bikes team.
Fundraisers hand over a chequie to the blood bikes team.

Residents and businesses in Kirkby Lonsdale have been busy over the last few months raising funds for North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes – a charity which provides an out of hours transport service for the NHS in north Lancashire and the South Lakes.

Volunteer fundraiser Gwen Boyd asked Mark Taylor, landlord of the Kings Arms in Kirkby Lonsdale, if he could help with the fundraising and he rose to the challenge with a number of events at the pub.

Mark organised a rock band charity night, Euro football sweepstake, football cards and a raffle supported by local businesses who donated prizes.

Gwen also placed a number of collecting boxes around the town which were quickly filled thanks to the generosity of local residents.

As a result of all these efforts the charity was recently presented with a cheque for £844.

Another cheque from the Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music festival and a collection on the night brought the total raised to £1,000.

Area manager for NWBB-LL, Steve Dunstan, thanked those present for their hard work and said: “Many of our volunteer riders use their own motorbikes to transport urgently needed items between hospitals in the Morecambe Bay area, paying for their own fuel and even paying to join the charity.

“Transporting items out of hours and free of charge means that the NHS saves money which can be used elsewhere in the hospitals.

“From time to time we need to transport blood, platelets and medicines on an emergency basis – when a patient’s life is at stake.

“For these calls we have a fleet of liveried bikes with blue lights and sirens.

“Donations such as this ensure that we can keep these bikes on the road ensuring that our highly trained riders can make a difference when it matters.”