Committee

The Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes General Committee is made up of:

Oliver Cufflin (Chairman and Milk Team) – chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

Ollie is responsible for the group as a whole, making sure we achieve what we set out to do and trying to keep us moving in the right direction.

Ollie started the group in 2014 and has developed it into what it is today. He enjoys being part of the blood biking community and always comments on how privileged he feels to serve as Chairman.

Ollie also leads our work with the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and supports the collection and delivery of donated breast milk.
Any mothers interested in donating milk can contact Birmingham Women’s Hospital on 0121 623 6870. milkteam@lrbloodbikes.org.uk 

 

 

 

Jonathan Bostock (Vice Chairman and Operations Manager) – operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

Jonathan’s role as vice chairman is to be aware of all that the chairman is involved in and to be able to stand-in and represent the group if the Chairman is not available to do so.

Jonathan is also our group Operations Manager, responsible for day to day operational issues and our vehicle fleet; supported by Chris and Les (fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)

Jonathan also looks after our stores / equipment.

Jonathan joined the group as he wanted to give something back to the NHS, after his granddaughter was born 11 weeks premature and spent a month in neonatal intensive care, needing three blood transfusions.

 

 

Chris Rollestone (Membership Manager) – supporters@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

Chris coordinates the new member activities in the group and ensures all new members are trained to a high standard.

Chris joined the group as he wanted to continue serving his local community after 30 years of service in LFRS and UKISAR.

Chris is supported by Les with some of the day to day activities with getting new people actively involved in the group, as well as looking after the fleet.

 

 

Les Congdon (Treasurer) – treasurer@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

Les takes care of our finances and book-keeping activities.

Les became interested in joining as a committee member after he attended an event we were at. After completing his IAM, he decided to join the group.

Not only does Les look after our finances, but he also helps out with the fleet, is one of our blood bikers, and is a controller, too… an all-round hero!

 

 

Francesca Pearson (Media Manager) –  media@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

Francesca is working to keep our media interfaces active with current news and information. This includes our social media platforms, our website, and anything PR related.
If you have any pictures or news that you think would be useful to include on the media platforms please email Francesca and let her know your ideas.

Francesca currently works for the NHS, and also loves to volunteer for our blood bike group because of her avid interest in motorbikes. She hopes to pass her advanced riding in the near future.

Francesca is the newest member of the committee.

 

 

Joanne Congdon (Events Manager) –  events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

Jo heads up our fundraising and publicity events activities. If you have any ideas for future events, or feedback on recent events, willing to host an event, or are running a gala, fete and the like and would like Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes to be at your event please get in touch!

Jo also looks after our yellow collection “tins” getting them into coffee shops, retail outlets, pubs and the like. 

Jo joined us back in 2018 as she was becoming a self-confessed “blood biking widow” due to Les’s involvement with the group. As a controller and our Events Manager, Jo is a vital and very busy member of the group.

 

 

 

Phil Palmer (Rota Manager) –  rota@lrbloodbikes.org.uk 

Phil makes sure our rider / driver rota is up to date and we have sufficient cover for all dates in the near future, continuing to offer out of hour transportation service to our local hospitals and NHS partners.

Phil has been involved with the group since Day 1, and prior to this with another local blood biking group for nearly 10 years. 

Being a blood biker allows Phil to combine his lifelong passion for riding motorcycles with giving something back to his local community.

When his first grandchild was born, his daughter needed a blood transfusion – knowing there are people like us out there all across the UK, this gave Phil peace of mind and pride.

 

 

 

Pete Dawkins (Friday Team) –  fridayteam@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

We offer support to our local NHS teams on a Friday afternoon for collecting and delivery of blood samples and blood products. Pete ensures we have a rider /driver available and manages this part of our work, called the “Friday Team”.

Pete retired roughly three years ago, and wanted to volunteer due to being a keen motorcyclist, and also wanting to help the local NHS services.

Hearing from the hospital teams that we make a difference, is the most humbling part of volunteering for Pete.

Pete is extremely passionate about anything motorcycling related and has toured for many years in the UK and abroad, with his wife Sue, and friends.