Recent Group Wide Mails & Notices

Here is a copy of the last couple of months or so group wide emails
(note as of September 2018 this list does not include the operational “shout outs” to drivers / riders to fill shifts)


 

Thursday 1st November 2018

GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT REMINDER

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that in a week’s time we have our next group social night. Friday 9th November.
We have decided to alternate the monthly sessions between Syston and Hinckley so that the travel distances to the venues are ‘shared around’ as it were.

On Friday 9th we’ll be meeting at The New Plough Inn, Hinckley.  24 Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LS   People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm and stay as long as suitable for them. .

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.
maybe see you over in Hinckley Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


30th October 2018

CHANCELLOR’S BUDGET AND BLOOD BIKE VEHICLES

Helo all group members,

If you “deep dive” the details of the Chancellor’s budget statement you’ll find some excellent news for Blood Bike Groups in the UK.

The National Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) have been in discussion with government agencies for some time to promote a zero-rate vehicle excise duty on Blood Bike specific / dedicated vehicles.

The Chancellor has announced in his budget that form 2020 dedicated Blood Bike vehicles will have a zero rate of road fund tax on dedicated group vehicLes. Great news.

It is a further recognition by the UK government of the validity of the national Blood Bike movement.

NABB have issued a fuller statement and you can find a copy of this at the link below

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2R9_6IBNj9ya0xxSFFJNllGenc?usp=sharing

We will, of course, need to look at the details how this works from an operational viewpoint, how we demonstrate what vehicles are “blood bike dedicated” and the like, but we have over a year to be looking at this and, for sure, NABB will be sharing with all 30+ Blood Bike groups the practicalities.

All in all, great to be part of a Blood Bike community that our government recognise to a level that will allow future zero rate vehicle excise duty on group vehicles.

Thanks all, keep it safe out there
Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)

 


27th October 2018

GROUP AGM AGENDA

Here is a link where you can find the agenda for the AGM on Monday evening 29th October. Copies of the agenda will be available at the meeting, but you can have a look at the planned topics and download the agenda for yourself if you would like to

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2R9_6IBNj9ya0xxSFFJNllGenc?usp=sharing

Copies of financial review and other information will be available at the meeting
Reminder that the meeting starts at 7.30pm at The Blaby Hotel, Blaby.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin
Group Chairman


Friday 19th October 2018

WELCOME TO NEW GROUP MEMBERS

This is an email going to a few people who are in the process of joining our group, so a big welcome and really big thanks for wanting to get involved

I am sending you this mail not only as a welcome but so you can see the format of our group wide emails with news or group wide information.  The WhatsApp group we use is only used by about two thirds of our 70-80 members. It is great for a bit of idle chit chat, but we use emails in this typical format to share news or information to all group members.

Feel free to ask me any questions at any time, if I cannot answer I can point you in the right direction and in due course you’ll get to know some of the other folks and they can tell you more stuff about the group from a members day-to-day perspective!!

You can view recent group wide emails you will not have got via the Blood Bike web site and the members area.  password is   LRBBmoto52  (note upper and lower case letters are important) so jump in and take a look  around at the information there
Looking forward to seeing you around, 29th October is our AGM so please do come to that if you are free, a great chance to meet some of the other volunteers in the group.
Details are on the group calendar – also on the web site members area

thanks again for wanting to get involved, please remember we are all volunteers so sometimes we take a few days to catch up with bits and pieces but we’ll do our best to get you up and running as fast as possible !

talk soon
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)

 


17th October 2018

Hello all LRBB Members

We have a few events between now and Christmas for which we need volunteers,  I have listed these below and would be really grateful if you could see if you are able to help at all.

Friday 2nd November
Mallory Park Bonfire and Firework Event  5pm – 9pm

4 Volunteers required in total.  One member to take a bike and another to take the events van

Tuesday 13th November and Wednesday 14th November
Fire and Rescue Services Days at Stephenson’s College in Coalville

1 or 2 volunteers required on both days.  A bike will be needed

Saturday 18th November  Melton Theatre 6.30 – 10.30
One volunteer required. (Garry Kendall is taking a bike)

Saturday 2nd December  2pm – 5pm
Wigston Xmas Capers

2 volunteers required.  One to take a bike and one to take the events van

If you are able to help at all, please let me know as soon as possible. I can then let you have further details of the events, Many thanks for your support.

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for events over the past few months.  You have done a great job in raising the profile of LRBB and getting much needed funds.Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator

EMAIL:  events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 

 


12th October 2018

GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT REMINDER

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that tonight (Friday) we have our monthly informal evening up at “the Gate Hangs Well” in Syston.  People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm..

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities, events and dates on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

Thanks all,
Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 

 

 


Rider / Driver Rota – “refresher” ride around

11th October 2018

Hello to all group Riders / Drivers

This is a message for anyone feeling a bit “rusty” about the local hospital pick up / drop off points and Air Ambulance / Walsgrave Hospital locations.

Group member Herby Borrell has offered to lead a ride around the locations on Saturday 20th October 2018 with any group members who might not have booked a shift for a while and would value a reminder and refresher about pick up locations, door entry codes and the like.

Ride round will start at 9.00am at the Coleman Road Ambulance station on your own bike, group hi-viz should be worn for the ride around.  Herby will then ride around with you and show the locations, door entry positions and where to go when you are on shift. The ride around will probably take around 3 hours.

A great opportunity to get back into Blood Bike mode if you have not been able to book a shift for a little while and you feel a refresher would help you.

Please contact Herby directly if you are interested to confirm your attendance. Herby’s email is herby@borrell.co.uk  or mobile phone 07887 990 214

Thanks all
Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)

 


TAVERNERS’ AUTO JUMBLE

Hello all LRBB Members

Just a reminder that the Taverner’s are holding their annual Auto Jumble Auction on Thursday 11th October.
The venue is the Enderby Social Club, Colleridge Drive, Leicester LE19 4QF.  

The auction starts at 7.30p,m. but folk are advised to arrive at 7pm if they have an item to donate and also to allow time to look at the items being auctioned.  There will be many bike-related items going under the hammer, and there are sure to be bargains to be had (bids start at £1)

The Taverner’s are kindly donating all proceeds from the auction to LRBB, and all LRBB members are invited to attend.

If you are unable to go along, but have an item to donate to the auction, I will be happy to take it for you, if you can get it to my home address (96 Althorpe Drive, Loughborough LE11 4QU).  If this is the case, just give me a ring to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator ,  email  events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


LRBB – 2018 Annual General Meeting , Monday October 29th 2018

2nd October 2018
Hello all Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bike Group members,

The date for our 2018 Annual General Meeting is now fixed for Monday 29th October 2018. Venue will be The Blaby Hotel, Blaby, Leicester. (15 Enderby Rd, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4GD) Meeting start time is 7.30pm.

The date is showing on the group calendar available in the members area of the web site. As this is not a meeting open to the general public the meeting will not show on our Facebook events page. . All group members are very welcome to join, listen to group activity updates and take part in the election / confirmation of the group committee members. There will be time for general questions / discussions. A detailed agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting.

All
the group committee roles are open for members, this is the link where you can find the committee roles and a description of what the role involves. If you would like to chat in more detail about any of the roles please get in touch with me https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2R9_6IBNj9yNVBlSjhkOWJnbk0

Please consider if you are willing to join the group committee to help organise and plan the various group activities.

If you would like to join the committee please let me know by Monday 15th October, so that I can then circulate before the AGM the names of the people standing to serve on your group committee. If there is more than one person standing for any role then election will be by ‘show of hands’ with the chairman having the casting vote if needed, if only one person stands for a role they will be confirmed onto the committee without the need for a vote.

If you have any questions, or specific items you’d like to make sure are on the agenda drop me a note or get in touch. Thanks all, looks forward to seeing many of you at the A.G.M. at the end of October

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)

 


Date 18th September 2018

LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND BLOODBIKES – RICHARD COLLYER STANDING DOWN AS GROUP OPERATIONS MANAGER

Hello all group members

After several years looking after various day to day aspects of the group as “Operations Manager”, Richard Collyer has decided that it is time to stand down from an active group committee role.

Richard recently got married, recently bought a house that is in need of a lot of work and his work is now taking him away from home much more frequently. So, it is totally understandable he does not have the time to commit to our operations activities that he has had over last few years

Richard will still support the group as a member and with a focus to make sure we have IT related things fully working. We have a solid system that we will continue try and fine tune and develop.

We have the Annual General Meeting coming up soon (note the date will be pushed back into October and will be confirmed in the near future) and I hope we will be able to find someone with the time and commitment to take on the role of Operations Manager for Richard to hand over to. I’ll send out details of all the committee roles and what is involved for each of them for your consideration as to whether you feel able to step into a committee role and help the running and organisation of our charity.

Richard has been a huge solid contributor to the ‘back office’ activities (many of them unseen) of the group and on behalf of all of us I’d like to thank him for all he has done as a committee member. Richard plans to be at the AGM and so we can also extend personal thanks at that meeting.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin
Group Chairman


 

18th September 2018

LRBB Events and Volunteers Needed

Hello all LRBB Members

There are a few events between now and Christmas that still need volunteers.  I have listed these below and would be grateful if you could see if you are able to assist at any of them.. I realise that leading up to Christmas can be a busy time for us all, but would much appreciate any time that you can spare, Plans for the Christmas Santa Run are not yet finalised, but I will let you know the details as soon as possible.

Sunday 23rd September  Loughborough Fire Station Open Day  10am – 4pm

One more volunteer required

Sunday 7th October. Husbands Bosworth Conker/Wellie Wanging and more!

One or Two Volunteers required

18th November Melton Mowbray Theatre. 6.30pm – 10.30pm

One volunteer required to take a bike plus one other volunteer

Saturday 24th November Woodlands Garden Centre 10am – 3pm

One volunteer required to take the Events van

As you may know, we were invited to attend the Taverner’s Founders Day at Stanford Hall.We made just over £652 on the day, some of which was collected by the Taverner’s themselves, and also included £174 profit from our LRBB Tombola.  It was a very successful day!

Last week we gave a Presentation to the Taverner’s and they have advised us that we will be receiving another donation from them, this being the total raised from their annual Auto Jumble. This is being held on 11th October at Enderby Social Club (LE14 4QF). All LRBB members are welcome to go along, either to bid for items, or to donate something to the auction. The auction starts at 7.30 prompt, but folk are advised to arrive by 7pm. Items will include all kinds of motorbike related goods all at very reduced costs, and items start at only £1.00.
If you have any items to donate, but can’t make the auction, you could drop them over to me (96 Althorpe Drive, Loughborough
LE11 4QU) and I will be happy to take them for you,.
I am waiting to be advised of the date of the presentation from the Auto Jumble, but it will most likely be at a weekend, starting from Enderby. The Taverners have suggested it would be nice for some of them to have a ride out with some of our members.  I will let you have more information on this in due course. It would be good to show our appreciation to the Taverners for all their support this year.

If you are able to help at any of the above events please send me an email and I will give you further details.

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for events over the past few months.  You have done a great job in raising the profile of LRBB and getting much needed funds.Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator


Monday 17th September 2018

REMINDER: BMW R1200 Speedo Inaccuracy

Hello all group riders / drivers

We are still setting up the re-callibration of the speedo on the BMW R1200, so just as a reminder here is a repeat of the information sent a short while ago……

It looks like the speedo on our BMW R1200 (ex police bike) is showing speeds slightly LESS than the actual travel speed. So, if you are riding with 70 mph indicated on the speedo then you are possibly actually travelling at 73 – 74 mph.

Please be aware of this when riding the BMW R1200 and keep the speed indicated on the speedo to a maximum of 65 mph when on roads with a posted limit of 70 mph. Likewise in all areas keep the indicated speed a few mph LESS than the posted speed limit.

We’ll get the bike booked in to get the speedo checked and as needed re-calibrated and keep you posted on the outcome.

Thanks all
Andy Bryant
Fleet Manager,  email   fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 

 

 

 


Thursday 13th September 2018

REMINDER OF GROUP SOCIAN NIGHT 14TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that tomorrow night (Friday) we have our monthly informal evening up at “the Gate Hangs Well” in Syston.  People arrive from around 7.00pm.

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not. You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

Maybe see you up there tomorrow Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Saturday 8th September 2018

BMW R1200 Speedo Accuracy

Hello all group riders / drivers

It looks like the speedo on our BMW R1200 (ex police bike) is showing speeds slightly LESS than the actual travel speed. So, if you are riding with 70 mph indicated on the speedo then you are possibly actually travelling at 73 – 74 mph.

Please be aware of this when riding the BMW R1200 and keep the speed indicated on the speedo to a maximum of 65 mph when on roads with a posted limit of 70 mph. Likewise in all areas keep the indicated speed a few mph LESS than the posted speed limit.

We’ll get the bike booked in to get the speedo checked and as needed re-calibrated and keep you posted on the outcome.

Thanks all
Andy Bryant
Fleet Manager,  email   fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Date August 31st 2018

LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND BLOOD BIKES – REVIEW AND UPDATE AUGUST 2018

Here is an overview of our Blood Bike group activities, what is happening and what is coming up. Grab a cup of coffee (or whatever) and have a read through all the current bits and pieces.
I hope this helps keep group members up to date if they have not been able to get to a recent supporters meeting or keep track all the posts and emails snippets that come round

  1. FLEET NEWS (a) Ongoing thanks to DRIVE Vauxhall for sponsoring the group in 2018. We have a 67 plate Combo van now in the fleet courtesy of DRIVE and the Kawasaki Versys bike remains in the fleet as in 2017. As of now the Versys is having new chain and sprockets fitted having covered round about 17,000 miles (b) The older Combo van we purchased from DRIVE Vauxhall has had a livery refresh; it was getting a little tired and dog eared. Having the two vans has enabled us to get some non-bike rider members to be able to book some delivery shifts even if we are using a van to move event equipment around at events. (c) BMW index VX57 was written off earlier in the year after a spill on a roundabout. We are thankful the rider suffered no serious or lasting injuries (d) The BMW 1200 donated by the Family of Martyn Turner has now been in regular use in the group for several months. It’ss be having some new tyres in the very near future (e) The Yamaha FJR 1300 remains a solid and reliable workhorse (f) At the time of writing this update we are picking up and making final preparations to use a new BMW F800GT in the fleet. This has been generously funded by the Mark Master Masons group. This is a “mid weight” bike which we think will be very user friendly for those riders who find the Yamaha and BMW heavy and the Versys quite tall.
  2. Booking rider / driver shifts – we are needing to send out 2 or more times every week a plea to our riders / drivers to fill in rota gaps that are empty in the coming 2 weeks. We are living ‘hand to mouth’ and there is a concern that when we send out the plea riders / drivers will not even open the mail as they are “bored” by the continual sending out of the pleas. Keep trying to check your diaries and be as proactive as possible to keep us on the road as a group
  3. VEHICLE STORAGE LOCATIONS We have three main locations:- (i) The ambulance station, Goodwood Road  (ii) Central fire station and (iii) Birstall Fire Station We are looking at options to have a vehicle based in the Hinckley area but as we have found with other locations, when dealing with facility management systems the wheels of progress work slowly. With the existing garaging locations we are operating a rotation policy and from time to time moving the vehicles between the venues so all drivers / riders get an equal share of riding a bike of their preference from a location nearest to them. A reminder to all drivers / riders – please do NOT write down location access codes or key box codes in a format that can be recognised by someone if you lose the information. Use some format or naming that you will understand but a stranger will not if they find or come across the details you have written down
  4. Van driver competence assessment – We are reviewing and finalising an updated group policy on formal driver competence assessment for van drivers. We had been working under group policy that people having passed an advanced bike rider assessment and with a full driving license were deemed to be competent to use the group vans. Our insurance policy does not demand any more than drivers have a full car driving license. However, we believe it a positive step forward to look at a short, formal assessment and driver coaching session for all those wanting to drive group vans. We expect there will be a nominal cost to this which we would request drivers to pay, in the same way that group riders fund their own advanced rider training / assessments. More details in the near future
  5. AIR AMBULANCE (a) The Monday / Weds / Friday / Sunday, fixed time runs in the evenings between Walsgrave Hospital and East Midlands Airport continue. We have had a few occasions where blood has not been available from Walsgrave and this has been frustrating when for one reason or another we had not received notification of this. We are looking at ways to double check blood availability before a rider / driver goes to Walsgrave to avoid any wasted journeys. (b) We still plan to set up a group “PR” photo with our vehicles and the air ambulance. Group members can come along and we can get (I hope) a big group photo. (c) The team at the air ambulance station at East Midlands are very appreciative, some of you will have met them if you’ve done the shift
  6. EVENTS (a) Elaine Bivins continues to plan and organise our fund raising events and presentations. Please go to this link to see our group “12 month look ahead” showing all planned activities. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1VkBcaY6b4OBNnym6pzWhwm6Htb-Ws86n6rH01mdlXUY/edit?usp=drive_web&ouid=118109883331904780043 (b) It continues to be an uphill struggle to get group members to help out at the planned events. We expect all members to actively support activities. We do not “babysit” members but rely on the proactive attitude of members to check the plans and chat to Elaine to get a date that works for them. Please help Elaine as it is tiresome, event after event, to keep asking for helpers. Take a look at the events ahead and contact Elaine via events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
  7. MEDIA (a) Jonathan Bostock continues to push to our facebook information flow. Thanks to him for the work (b) If you have pictures or stories to share please contact him so he can use them in sharing in our media channels Jonathan is at  media@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
  8. HOSPITALS (a) ongoing out of hours cover continues. Thanks to all our riders / drivers for stepping up to take the shifts (b) we continue to talking with the outlying hospitals for possible one daytime per week to offer blood sample movement from outlying hospitals to LRI. Details are not yet finalised and we expect to meet the hospitals management team late in August to make next decisions. We have a concern that even though we have a large rider / driver base, the ongoing last minute chasing to fill regular shifts will only be made worse by taking on this additional workload. So, we’ll make sure we give this suitable recognition in any decision. It is great to have a large membership, but we need to be realistic that all members are not able to book any rider / driver shifts for one reason or another. It is fully recognised that life can bring challenges that mean booking shifts is difficult from time to time – this is the reality of a volunteer group, and we need to be realistic when considering taking on this daytime ‘once per week’ workload.
  9. RIDING / ADHERANCE TO ROAD REGUALTIONS A brief reminder to all that group policy requires our drivers / riders to act in accordance with road rules and regulations. We conduct random checks on vehicle tracker records and where necessary we alert riders / drivers where it is evident that vehicle speeds are in excess of known speed limits. We are NOT an emergency service and we do not use blue lights on the public roads. We do not have any need to break speed limits or any other road regulations and hospital staff have no authority to request that any rider / driver acts outside the requirements of normal road regulations. We’ll continue to have a ‘quiet word’ where needed with any of the team as needed
  10. GROUP AGM We have our AGM planned for September 26th 2018. Main business will be a review of 2017 group actions and accounts and the election or affirmation of the group committee for the coming year. All members will receive details of the committee positions open to all. If we get only one person standing for any role then they will take up that position without the need for a vote. Where we get more than one person offering to take a role then members present at the AGM will vote by show of hands as to who will be elected to take the role for the coming year.
  11. NEW MEMBERS Paul Johnson and Aimee Hurst continue to ‘process’ our new members, so if you have any queries or names of interested people you can contact them via   supporters@lrbloodbikes.org.uk We have a number of dormant member and we are working through those to check if they are still interested and where not they are removed from the members list.

Hope that helps give an overview of the group activities generally, let me know if any specific questions and look out for the invitations to the group AGM on 26th September

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)

 

 


LRBB Funeral Attendance Thursday 30th Sept

sent 29th August 2018

Hello all

One of our group riders (Bryan Spence) has heard that tomorrow (Thursday 30th August) is the funeral service of a local biker called Phil Hawksley. Phil was also known for his skills as a mechanic on BMWs and so was also locally known as “boxer man”.

Phil’s family are wanting to make a donation in memory of Phil to our group and so even though a bit last minute, if anyone is free to take the FJR from Coleman Road Ambulance Station over to Loughborough crematorium for 12.30pm that would be great.

If this is something you could do please get in touch with Bryan, he’ll take the BMW over there from Birstall fire station, Bryan’s mobile number is 07946 469 335.

Even if not riding a group bike, if any members are able to join Bryan then please contact him, it would be nice to get a few ‘high viz’ members there if possible.

Apologies that this is short notice but we have only just heard about the family wanting to support the group in memory of Phil.
Thanks all
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)

 


SHOUT OUT RIDRS / DRIVERS TO FILL EMPTY ROTA SHIFTS

Saturday 18th August 2018

email to group riders/ drivers

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.
We have 18 gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Sun 19 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Mon 20 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 21 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air amb Run
Sat 25 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Mon 27 Aug 2018 Day
Mon 27 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 28 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 29 Aug 2018 Night
Thu 30 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 31 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb Run
Sat 01 Sep 2018 Day Sat 01 Sep 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager) Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


LRBB NEWS ALERT – PICK UP NEW BMW F800 FROM PIDCOCK

15th August 2018

Hello all LRBB members,

We will be doing a “pick up” of the new BMW F800GT from Pidcock BMW Long Eaton on Thursday 16th August at around 9.00am. Any group members interested in coming over for the occasion please make your own way there. Group Hi Viz can be worn for the occasion.

It will not be much more than a key handover and a few photos but we’re sure there’ll be a coffee and a chance to look at the range of BMWs over there!.

Colin Brink is going to ride the F800 back to Leicester and then take if on Friday 17th August to the official Mark Master Masons UK wide celebration of their funded bikes at the event hosted by the Mark Master Masons.

The bike will then be stabled at Coleman Road Ambulance Station ready for sat nav, tracker and rack fitting before going into use in the fleet in the near future

Maybe see some of your there in Long Eaton.

Regards

Richard Collyer, Operations Manager  (operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)

Andy Bryant, Fleet Manager  (fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)

** a copy of this and all group wide emails from the last couple of months can be found on the members area of the LRBB web site

 


LRBB NEWS ALERT – NEW BMW F800 FUNDED BY MARK MASTER MASONS

14th August 2018

Hello all LRBB members   Great news for the group, the BMW F800GT motorcycle, funded by the Mark Master Masons group, is ready for a formal “pick up” from Pidcock BMW in Long Eaton. We’ll confirm the pick up day asap and all those who are free will be welcome to come over to Pidcock to join the little PR ‘splash’ we’ll make of it.

The Mark Master Masons group has funded vehicles across a number of Blood Bike groups and we are fortunate to be able to benefit from the support with the purchase costs of this bike from them.

The BMW F800 bike still needs to have tracker, sat nav and rack fitted but will be in use in our fleet in the very near future. It will be rotated over time between the garaging locations as are the other bikes.

It is an excellent addition to the fleet as the F800 bike is a little lighter in weight and has a slightly lower seat height than the other motorcycles. It will mean a very useful alternative for those in the group, or thinking of joining the group, who find the existing motorbikes a little heavy or tall at times. The F800 is a tried and tested ‘work horse’ and used widely amongst blood bike groups.

We are extremely grateful to the Mark Master Mason’s group for their funding and we will be taking the bike along to their publicity event taking place in the near future when our bike, along with others funded for other blood bike groups, will be unveiled “en masse” in a PR event.

We will set up necessary paperwork and check lists for this bike along with organising some familiarisation sessions to the bike itself for those who might be riding the bike.

The additional of this 4th bike to our fleet is tremendous but it also brings the additional burden to our costs and so a reminder to all group members to please support the events we go to where we gather much of the needed funding to operate our fleet. All future events can be seen on the members area of the group web site.

Our motorcycle fleet now looks like this
Yamaha FJR1300 (group owned)
BMW 1200R (group owned)
BMW F800 (group owned, purchase costs funded by Mark Master Masons)
Kawasaki Versys 1000 (loaned and serviced free of charge by DRIVE Vauxhall group)

For further information about the Mark Master Masons group here is a wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Mark_Master_Masons from where you can also follow various web links to see the work this part of masonic organisation

Regards
Richard Collyer, Operations Manager  (operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)
Andy Bryant, Fleet Manager  (fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)

 


LRBB Rider/Driver Rota – gaps in rota over next 2 weeks as at 13th August

Monday 13th August 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Tue 14 Aug 2018 Night  VERY URGENT
Fri 17 Aug 2018 Early Eve
Sat 18 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Night
Mon 20 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 21 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Sat 25 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Mon 27 Aug 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager) Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


Rider / Driver Rota – Urgent Shout Out for Rider / Driver Tomorrow (Sunday)

Sat 11th August 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

This is an urgent shout out for a rider /driver for tomorrow’s (Sunday) daytime shift and also the Sunday evening Air Ambulance returns from East Midlands to Walsgrave Hospital
Can you help?

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager) Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


12 GAPS IN ROTA OVER NEXT 2 WEEKS

Sat 11th August 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Sun 12 Aug 2018 Day   URGENT NEED
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Early Eve   Air Amb run
Tue 14 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 17 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 17 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Sat 18 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Night
Mon 20 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 21 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52

Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT

10th August 2018

Hello LRBB members,

Quick reminder, tonight is our next group informal social night at “The Gate Hangs Well”, Syston.

Also, remember all our group dates and events are shown in our “12 month look ahead” calendar on the members area of the group web site plus we post public events also on Facebook

The social night is totally optional and totally informal. Bring any friends or family if you would like to.

Meet anytime from around 7pm until you need to head home

thanks
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


SMOKING IN GROUP VEHICLES

30th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members

A friendly reminder to all group members about smoking in group vehicles.

Smoking in vehicles used by multiple persons or which are classed as company/work vehicles is against the law and carries an on the spot penalty of £50 which can be increased by the courts to £200 (For more details check various web pages using any web search engine)

It has been illegal for a number of years and as a group we do not put ‘no smoking’ stickers in the vans as it is assumed drivers are aware of the legal implications. However one of the vans has just had an inside and outside clean this weekend and there was a quantity of ash and cigarette materials in the van that needed to be cleaned up.

Please be aware as a van driver or potential van driver it is illegal to smoke in the group vans and we remind you of the law and also not least out of consideration to other users.

I fully appreciate the voluntary efforts you ALL put in and naturally some people smoke (as do I) so all I ask is if you want to take a smoke then have a short ‘smoke break’ and stop in a safe place en-route if you are driving one of the vans

Thanks again for all you efforts and the time you give and I hope no one is offended by this email but I need everyone to be aware of the legalities as we don’t want a volunteer ending up £50 out of pocket for doing great work!

Regards
Andy Bryant, Fleet Manager
Tel: 07522 027709

email   fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


GAPS IN RIDER/ DRIVER ROTA

Monday 30th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Fri 03 Aug 2018 Night
Sat 04 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 05 Aug 2018 Day
Wed 08 Aug 2018 Early Eve  Air Ambulance
Thu 09 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 10 Aug 2018 Night
Sat 11 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Mon 13 Aug 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots
Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)

Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


ROTA GAPS

Thursday 26th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Sun 29 Jul 2018 Day Sun 29 Jul 2018 Early Eve – Air Ambulance)
Mon 30 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 01 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 01 Aug 2018 Early Eve – Air ambulance
Fri 03 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 03 Aug 2018 Early Eve – Air Ambulance
Sat 04 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 05 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 05 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 08 Aug 2018 Early Eve – Air ambulance
Thu 09 Aug 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots
Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)
Email    operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 

 

 


25th July 2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EVENTS

Hello all LRBB Members

We have 2 events in August for which we are short of one volunteer.

If you could possibly help with either of these events, I would be really grateful.  The details are as follows:-

Saturday 11th August.
Evington Village Fete.  12 noon to 5pm. (arrive to set up at 11.30)

One volunteer needed to take the events van from Birstall  
Venue is: The Village Green, Main Street, Evington. LE5 6FA

Saturday 18th August
Woodstock in Whitwick. 12 noon  to 5pm (arrive to set up at 11.30)

One volunteer needed to take the events van from Birstall
Venue is The Hermitage Leisure Centre (Field} Silver Street, Whitwick, Coalville, LE67 5EU

If you are able to help at either of these, could you either drop me an email (events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)
or send a text /phone me on  07789 708392 as soon as possible.

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have attended events so far this year.  You have done a grand job in helping to raise the profile of the group, and bring in much needed funds. Your support is very much appreciated.

With many thanks

Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
Events Co-ordinator

email events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota – Critical Gaps in the next few days

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have some critical gaps in our rota in the coming days, as well as ongoing multiple gaps in the next 2+ weeks. Can you help with these most critical ones, then we will worry later in the week about the gaps for next week and beyond

Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night – CRITICAL
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Night – CRITICAL
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Day – CRITICAL
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Night – CRITICAL

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots
Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


Parking Permits When on Shift

15th July 2018

Hello all LRBB riders and drivers

Our members area of the web site contains a variety of forms and documents that we use to help manage the group rider / driver activities.

You can find these documents under Forms and Procedures in the “Members’ Area”

We have been alerted to an incorrect phone number on the parking permits contained in the Operation Procedures documents “OP18”. This error has now been corrected. Apologies to those who recently had some frustration while trying to use the incorrect number.

Please download the documents and print for yourselves the one page permits for Lancaster Road Fire Station and Goodwood Ambulance Station

Birstall Fire Station uses same parking permit as per Lancaster Road

We try and make sure there are laminated printed permits in the vehicle / bike folders for you to use but, unfortunately, sometimes after use they are not returned to the folder so our advice is to have your own printed (no need to laminate them for your personal use!) and available for when you are parking a motor vehicle.

If you do not use a parking permit displayed in the windscreen of a vehicle then it is possible you will receive a parking “fine” from a third party company OR that the station staff are not sure if the vehicle parked there is for genuine reasons.

Many thanks

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager, operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk )

 


Urgent Shift Shout Out for Sunday Day Time

Friday 13th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

At the time of writing this (1.35pm) We have a critical rider / driver gap this coming Sunday day-time

If you can help with this shift then go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk



Group Calendar and Dates for your Diaries

12th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members

A reminder and some dates for your diaries . . .

Reminder – all of the group events and activities can be found via our group website (www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk) and link on the members area tab. Look for the link “LRBB Events & Support Needed”.
You’ll see all the things coming up and the dates also where we still need help.
Public events are also posted on facebook and main web pages but some of the group “internal” activities are just shown on the members calendar on the web site. So, in the first instance always check the group web site calendar first, this is the central place where we co-ordinate all group activities

Dates for your diaries:

1. We have a group social evening on the 2nd Friday of each month at “The Gate Hangs Well” in Syston from around 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Some get there earlier, no fixed start time . (totally informal evening. There may be a few people there or there could be 10 or more there)
Next social is Friday 13th July

2. We have a supporters meeting taking place on Thursday July 19th at the Blaby Hotel in Blaby. 7.30pm start. All are welcome whether members or new people wanting to find out what we do
We’ll look at current group activities, news about the new bike coming, group finances as well as sharing ideas how to improve any areas of concern or frustrations with any area of our group workings. Please do join if you can

3. We need group members to step up in the middle of the busyness of life and be willing to help at some events in the coming months. Please take a look and see what you might be able to help with.

If we share the work then the load is light, but when left to a small group the load is tough. Thanks if you can look at the calendar of events and consider if you can support one of the future dates.

Thanks all, hope to see you in the near future
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)



Can you help this weekend day time?

Thursday 12th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have critical gaps in the rota this coming Saturday and Sunday day times.

If you can help with these shifts (and many other gaps in the coming week or two and beyond!) then go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk



Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 10 Empty Shifts

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

Sorry but once again we have a high number of gaps in our driver / rider rota for the coming 14 days. So once again here is a plea to check your diaries and see what you might be able to fill – also of course feel more than free to book ahead more than 2 weeks.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Early Eve
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Night
Mon 23 Jul 2018 Night

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


Urgent Shout out for Wednesday Night Shift

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all our current active rider / driver list

We have no cover for Wednesday Night’s shift (11th July)

This is an urgent shout out to see if any of our riders / drivers can double check their diaries to see if they can cover.

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. OR if you cannot get online easily please call Ollie Cufflin 07976 802 956)

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


Request for Volunteers for Events

9th July 2018

Hello all LRBB Members

We have a few upcoming events for which we are short of volunteers. The details are listed below and I would be really grateful if you could see if you are able to assist at one of these.

Saturday 14th July Hinckley Family Fun Day 11am to 3pm

We require one volunteer to take a bike and another to take the Events Van
(as this is short notice, please let me know by the end of today if you can help as I need to let the organisers know tomorrow whether or not we are attending)

Sunday 22nd July Taverner’s Founders Day 9am – 4pm

We require one Volunteer to take one of our Blood Bikes to this event
This is being held at Stanford Hall, Nr Lutterworth, LE17 6DH
The Taverner’s have chosen the Blood Bikes as their nominated charity for the year, so this is an important event for us.

Saturday 11th August Evington Fete 12 noon to 5pm

We require one volunteer to take the Events Van to the event
This is being held on the village green, Main St, Evington LE5 6FA

If you can help at any of the above, please let me know asap either by email : events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
or by phone: 07789 708392

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for events over the past few months. You have done a great job in raising the profile of LRBB and getting much needed funds.Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-Ordinator


Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 12 Empty Shifts

Monday 9th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

Sorry but once again we have a high number of gaps in our driver / rider rota for the coming 14 days. So once again here is a plea to check your diaries and see what you might be able to fill – also of course feel more than free to book ahead more than 2 weeks.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day
Wed 18 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Night
Mon 23 Jul 2018 Night

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


Urgent Shout out for tonght’s shift (Sunday)

Sunday 8th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list (sorry also therefore including those who have already jumped in over the last few days to fill the empty shifts).

We have no cover at all for tonight’s shift (Sunday 8th July)

This is an urgent shout out to see if any of our riders / drivers to double check their diaries to see if they can cover

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. OR if you cannot get online easily please call Ollie Cufflin 07976 802 956 or Aimee Hurst (controller today and tonight) 07810 554 007

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Urgent Shout out for Sunday shift rider / driver

Saturday 7th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have no cover at all for Sunday 8th July either for the day shift or the night shift.

This is an urgent shout out to see if any of our 49 riders / drivers can double check their diaries to see if they can cover

If you can help and fill these (or other) shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 9 Empty Shifts

Friday 6th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Sun 08 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day
Wed 18 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


New Bike to be Added to our Fleet

6th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members

Great news . . . we have received a donation from the ’Mark Masons’ group to enable us to buy a new bike to add to our fleet.

Whereas we are not looking to continually expand our fleet, we have for a long time wanted to be able to have a “mid weight” bike in the fleet that would be just that little bit easier to handle and move around and have a seat height a little lower than the other bikes in our fleet.

We will use the donation to buy a new BMW F800GT. These bikes are tried and tested by many Blood Bike groups and have proven reliability track record. In addition, as the bike is belt driven we avoid the ongoing maintenance issues linked to chain driven bikes.

We have been able to secure an early delivery of a white F800GT from Pidcock BMW and once we have the bike we will apply the Blood Bike livery and rack in line with the FJR and BMW 1200 Yamaha in our fleet.

Once the livery is applied we’ll do an ‘official’ handover from Pidcock in Long Eaton to which all group members will be invited. I hope this will be in the next 2-3 weeks. At the same time we’ll post the news on facebook / social media with pictures of the new bike.

The Mark Masons group have funded a number of other Blood Bike Groups around the UK and they will be hosting a UK wide publicity event in August for all of their donated machines to the various groups. We will attend that event of course with our BMW F800. That event is scheduled to be held at the Motorcycle museum near Birmingham Airport

More information and dates coming soon, but great news for sure.

 

Richard Collyer
Group Operations Manager


New Milk Team Leader

5th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members,

One of our long-time group members and committee member Mark Sampson has decided it is time to spend more time with family and other interests outside of the Blood Bike group. As Mark has been around for several years (since the ‘early days’ in fact) as well as managing our “tins” for some time and also looking after the “milk team” I thought it worthwhile to let you all know.

We do not normally send out a mail whenever a group member decides to move on from group activities as this is the reality of a volunteer group; people will join and people will leave. However, as Mark has been around and leading various parts of the group for the period he has and is such a well-respected group member I thought it good to share the news with you all.

Mark’s proactive input to the group will be missed and on behalf of the group I share a big “thank you” to Mark.

The “milk team” activities are now being looked after by Ges Martin, the email address stays the same for all milk team information. milkteam@lrbloodbikes.org.uk and you can get in touch with Ges via his mobile number 07411 038172. Ges is co-opted onto the committee for the time being. All committee roles will be open for election / re-election in the Autumn at the AGM (date and details to be announced)

Big thanks again to Mark, we’ll see you around I am sure.

Ollie
(Group Chairman)

 


Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 11 Empty Shifts

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Sat 07 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 07 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Night
Mon 09 Jul 2018 Night
Tue 10 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Thu 12 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Event Support Urgent for this Sunday

Friday 29th June 2018

Hello LRBB group

Can anyone help at the “Big Lunch” Event this Sunday?

It is from 12 noon to 3pm, but we need to be set up by 11.15. Ideally we need someone to take the van. Paul Johnson is taking a bike. This is an event organised by the Oadby & Wigston Lions ( who have just given us a donation of £758 so it would be great if we could be there to echo our gratitude for their donation)
.
The event is at Willow Park, Aylestone Rd, Wigston.

If you can help please let me know asap. my mobile number is 07789 708 392

Many thanks all!
Elaine Bivins
Events Team


Rider / Driver Rota – Urgent Need this Sunday Night

Friday 29th June 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have a critical gap in our rota this coming Sunday night, 1st July

If you can help and fill this shifts (or any others into the future) please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Ollie
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 19 Empty Shifts

Weds 27th June 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Fri 29 Jun 2018 Early Eve AIR AMB
Sat 30 Jun 2018 Day
Sat 30 Jun 2018 Night
Sun 01 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 01 Jul 2018 Night
Mon 02 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 04 Jul 2018 Night
Thu 05 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 06 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 06 Jul 2018 Early Eve AIRAMB
Sat 07 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 07 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Early Eve AIRAMB
Mon 09 Jul 2018 Night
Tue 10 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 11 Jul 2018 Early Eve AIRAMB

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Ollie
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


24th June 2018

Hello all LRBB members

How to Donate to LRBB Group

A few times over the last month or so I have been asked how is it best for someone to make a one-off or a regular financial donation to the group.

The easiest way (and a possible tax efficient way if you are a tax payer) is to use our BT MyDonate link which can be found via our web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and select the “how to donate” tab. You can then click the BT MyDonate link and follow the instructions.
You can use BT MyDonate for a ‘one-off’ gift or to set up regular donations. In addition, if you are a tax payer you can gift aid your donation and the BT MyDonate system claims an additional sum from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), currently an additional 25% on top of what you donate. So, as an example, if you donate £10 we get an additional £2.50 from HMRC or if you donate £20 we get an additional £5.00 from HMRC. And so on. BUT, remember you need to be a tax payer to gift aid any donation.

You can donate via your mobile phone (assuming it is not a company mobile where gifting via the phone is usually de-activated) – again the way to do this is shown on the “how to donate” tab on our web site

If you prefer to set up a standing order direct from your bank to the group bank account please get in touch with our treasurer Ebs (treasurer@lrbloodbikes.org.uk) and he can let you have the details. Note we are not able to claim gift aid payments easily if you are a tax payer and you pay by standing order.

You can also make a one off donation via cheque, let us know and we’ll give you the postal details to send your cheque.
These methods of donating are open for anyone, whether a group member or not. Any question please let me know.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


BMW Now Has Low Seat Option Fitted

22nd June 2018

Hello all LRBB members

Over the months we have had a number of regular comments from our riders that the BMW standard seat is quite “tall and wide” making the bike sometimes a challenge to manage when stationary.
We have now obtained and fitted the BMW “low seat” option which should benefit more or less all our riders.

Picture can be found at this link
https://drive.google.com/open?id=14PedYgD8Gewla0mUKvACK0naFMPa7ola

It is hard to tell it is a lower seat in the picture, but it is more or less 25mm lower, or thereabouts, and should help most feel a little more comfortable and in control when stationary on the bike.

The plan is not to keep changing the seat, so even if you are a taller rider it seems sensible to stick with the lower seat than have riders changing the seat on and off when they might not be familiar with the methods for doing this.

If you ride the BMW let me know any feedback to the new seat

Thanks all

Andy Bryant
(Fleet Manager)

Email fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

 


Hi all LRBB members,

Group Wide Emails Now Available in Web Site members’ Area

A reminder of an earlier group wide mail:

In order to increase the communication flow inside the group, all of the information that is sent in a group wide email (or an “all rider/driver” email) will also be added to the members’ area of the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes web site. Go to members area and select the tab for group wide emails. They are stored on order of newest nearest the top and all have the dates they were sent out by email

So, in case you have not been able to check your emails for a few days and you want to make sure you have seen all group news or reminders, you can now check the members’ area of the web site in parallel to checking your own email system.

Let me know any issues logging in to the web site. Hope this helps increase the ease of getting to see any news snippets and group emails

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


 

21st June 2018

Hello all LRBB members

LRBB – Give Yourselves a Pat on the Back

I have received a ‘Thank You” card to our whole group from the virology department team at Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) saying how much they appreciated what we were able to do to help them during January to March this year. Many team members from the virology department have added personal messages to us, so worth taking a few minutes to have a look what they say to us.

During that period, most days our shift rider did a first and / or last job of the shift ipicking up blood samples from Glenfield Hospital and delivering to LRI for testing for ‘flu’ viruses.

The card scan can be found at this link https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eenj_qXljVpk7lev8gKe_uIg8_-nIKFp?usp=sharing

This is another reminder how appreciative the hospital teams are for what we do as a group. You can give yourselves a pat on the back when you look at the card and know that as a group we are doing good things together with our ‘Blood Biking’

Great team, you can feel proud and rightly so!

 

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Weds 20th June 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: Still 15 Empty Shifts

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Fri 22 Jun 2018 Night
Fri 22 Jun 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Sat 23 Jun 2018 Day
Mon 25 Jun 2018 Night
Thu 28 Jun 2018 Night
Fri 29 Jun 2018 Night
Fri 29 Jun 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Sat 30 Jun 2018 Day
Sat 30 Jun 2018 Night
Sun 01 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 01 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 01 Jul 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Mon 02 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 04 Jul 2018 Nightlance
Wed 04 Jul 2018 Early Eve Air Ambualance

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Ollie
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


19th June 2018

Hello LRBB members,

Air Ambulance shifts – back to usual routine

Walsgrave Hospital are back to their normal blood stock levels and have confirmed that the Air Ambulance blood trials are returning to the usual pattern. So we are back to our regular Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday routine pick ups and deliveries.

Riders / drivers – please continue login and book empty shifts going into the future for both Air Ambulance and regular night shifts

 

thanks
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


14th June 2018

Hi all LRBB members,

Last Reminder World Cup Fantasy Football – “LRBB Allcomers”

A final chance to get in our World Cup Fantasy League before the matches start later today. (You can join at any time but you’ll be a few points behind ! ). If you did not have a chance to check the details here they are again…..

We have 9 teams in so far, it’ll be a bit of fun and will get with those teams around £50 donations to our charity. (or more if we get more teams)

If you want me to get you a team set up today (random selection) for you to take over, send me a text 07976 802 956 and I can do that for you.

You can create a team free of charge via the web link and if you would like to join our “LRBB Allcomers” league then you need to allocate the team you create to the league using League PIN is 8149888 and League passcode is 6403.
https://fantasyfootball.telegraph.co.uk/world-cup/splash

I will collect £10 per team in our “LRBB Allcomers” league and share out the pot as follows. I added in brackets an amount assuming 20 teams taking part. Monies will be handled outside of the group until the final donation made by me as the organiser to the Blood Bike charity. This is not an official blood bike group fantasy league but an initiative I am organising personally to support the group after prizes are paid out.

Winner of our own “LRBB Allcomers” League = 35% of the poy (if 20 teams = £70)
2nd place in league = 10% of the pot (if 20 teams = £20)
3rd place in league = 5% of the pot (if 20 teams = £10)

LRBB charity will receive a donation of the remaining 50% of the pot from me.

Our “LRBB Allcomers” league is open to any group member, friend, neighbour, family member etc. The more the merrier. It is some fun, you can track your team’s progress in our own League via the telegraph web site. You can make a number of transfers during the group stage and the knockout phase and all the details are on the telegraph web site.
It’s a bit of fun and banter during the world cup, feel free to invite any family members, friends, work colleagues etc
.
One point I think I’d like to add about our league is one individual person can win only one prize but you may enter multiple teams if you wish. Family members can win prizes for their team alongside you if you are lucky enough to be in the top 3.

Let me know if any questions. Makes the world cup more interesting for anyone linked to the group and half the money raised goes to our Blood Bike charity

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Wednesday 13th June 2018

Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 13 Empty Shifts

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Sat 16 Jun 2018 Night
Sun 17 Jun 2018 Night
Mon 18 Jun 2018 Night
Tue 19 Jun 2018 Night
Thu 21 Jun 2018 Night
Fri 22 Jun 2018 Night
Fri 22 Jun 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Sat 23 Jun 2018 Day
Sat 23 Jun 2018 Night
Sun 24 Jun 2018 Night
Mon 25 Jun 2018 Night
Mon 25 Jun 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Wed 27 Jun 2018 Night

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Ollie
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Tuesday 12th June 2018

RIDER – CRITICAL NEED

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

We have critical need for a rider / driver for tonight’s shift, so far no-one has been able to take the gig.

Maybe this mail will reach some of our riders who did not see the last urgent shout out

We also have no rider / driver booked for this coming Friday

As usual, please go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

As the rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Ollie
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk