About Us

Welcome to Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes.

Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers.

What we do:
Our group of volunteers provide a free, “out of hours” courier service to public health bodies in Leicestershire & Rutland between approximately 7pm and 5am Monday to Friday, with 24 hour cover at weekends and during public holidays.

We are not an emergency service but work with the hospitals to meet their transport needs in an efficient and timely manner.  Getting to the destination safely is very important.

The group also provides support to the local Air Ambulance, delivering blood each evening for use by the trauma teams at any incident to which they are called.

In addition
(a) we collect donated breast milk from donating mothers in Leicestershire and Rutland and transport it to the Women’s Hospital in Birmingham for processing and subsequent distribution to neo-natal units. (see separate tab at the top of the page for link to Birmingham Women’s hospital)

(b) we support LOROS Hospice in Leicester with the collection and delivery of patient blood samples where testing is required at NHS laboratories

What we transport:

We will transport blood, blood products, pathology samples, patient notes, x-rays, patient scans, surgical equipment, donated breast milk – in fact anything where there is an immediate need to transport an item that will directly benefit patient care.

For information on Blood Bike groups generally take a look at the NABB website here

Check in with us on Facebook and feel free to let us know what you think. You are more than welcome to any of our meetings or events – just come along and say ‘Hello’ and we’ll give you a warm welcome.

Help Us – Volunteer or Donate

We are a charity that provides services completely free of charge to the NHS and other public health organisations, allowing the money saved to be spent improving front line patient care. We have no paid staff and receive no funding from the government or health bodies. We rely entirely on the generosity of our sponsors, supporters and the public.