Members Area – Chairman’s Update & Group Wide Emails

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE 20th May 2018

We have been up and running “live” now for around 18 months and 7 nights per week and at weekends we are supporting our local hospitals with pick up and deliveries.
In addition we are delivering blood to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance 4 nights per week and on an “ad hoc” basis we are supporting Birmingham Women’s Hospital with collection of frozen, donated breast milk from the Leicestershire and Rutland areas.

Our fleet currently comprises
1. FJR1300 Yamaha
2. BMW 1200RT
3. Kawasaki Versys 1000 (loaned from DRIVE Vauxhall)
4. Vauxhall Combo van
5. Vauxhall Combo van (loaned from DRIVE Vauxhall)

I hope we can make an official announcement very soon about a new addition to our fleet. Watch this space.

We are always on the lookout for new members to join us and to help fill the rotas. Aimee Hurst and Paul Johnson are doing a great job to get new members through the internal paperwork and process training activities. We currently have 80 official members of which around half are regularly active in the group with fund raising or taking one of the rider /driver shifts. I fully appreciate that we all have lives outside of the Blood Bike group and everyone does what they can, but the actual number of official members can be misleading and give the impression that we have plenty of people currently able to help with group activities. This is not the case and we are ever struggling to attend events due to lack of helpers and chasing to fill rota gaps once or even twice per week. We are in the process of pulling out of current events due to lack of helpers. So, the work of Paul and Aimee is really important to us.

We are looking at increasing our volunteer base by welcoming group members who are not motorcycle riders but can support via van driving. To this end we are currently looking at the best option to assess competence as a driver in a similar way to riders getting a basic assessment via the Enhanced Rider Scheme . I hope we can confirm plans by early to mid June.

Jonathan Bostock has made great steps forward with the group’s social media profile and our facebook page has just gone past the 1,000 “like” statistic. Some of our facebook posts regularly reach several thousand facebook users. If you have any news items linked to our bloodbike group or any photos that might be useful for use in our media please get in touch with Jonathan via media@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

We plan to have our next supporters meeting at the end of June, date to be finalised soon and in the early Autumn we’ll hold the Annual General Meeting covering the financial period to end of December 2017. Again, date to be finalised shortly.

I’ll try and add other updates in the near future, if you want to get in touch with me use chairman@lrloodbikes.org.uk or if you use any of the committee emails  via the committee tab on this web site.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)

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