Who Are Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes?
Firstly we are a group of volunteers who want to try to make a difference by helping our Local NHS, lots of us are Motorcyclists, but we also have volunteers who don’t ride bikes. Why not come and join us?
What Do Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes Do?
The NHS locally spends tens of thousands of £££’s in each hospital & even hundreds of thousands of £££££’s across both Merseyside & Cheshire every year transporting Blood, urine, or other tissue samples for analysis by pathology and microbiology laboratories during normal working hours & out of hours by Taxi!
MCBB volunteer motorcyclists now transport these products 24 hours a day – 365 days a year FOR FREE!
MCBB use full liveried motorcycles fitted with rack’s so that we can take the largest insulated box with ease. To transport the above products all in accordance with regulation UN3373 which is designed to protect the products/samples. We also transport X-Rays, scans and CD-ROMs, Patient notes, Frozen breast milk Plus Any other medical items or small pieces of medical equipment such as syringes and cannulas.
We Now Have 8 Marked (Liveried) motorcycles to work our 2 counties – Thank You For Your Support!
By using specially adapted motorcycles we assist local Health Authorities by providing fast, safe and efficient transport between hospitals / hospices, and other facilities.
Our services are provided by “VOLUNTEERS”, who are qualified advanced motorcyclists (RoSPA, IAM or equivalent) and undergo regular reviews of their skills. They give up their time to serve the community and potentially save lives. They do this in the knowledge that they will probably never meet the beneficiary and that the same person will probably never know of the Blood Biker service nor that it played any part in their recovery.
Our Volunteers Also Use Their Own Motorcycles & Fuel To Keep This Incredible Service Running – Thanks Guy’s For Your Great Work!
MCBB & Blood Bikes History
MCBB came together at the start of 2012 to provide this service to Merseyside & Cheshire. We supply a professional, reliable and readily available service to the NHS in Merseyside & Cheshire, and have in the past 12 months setup contracts with various hospitals to transport their products, this has saved the NHS & Local Hospices hundreds of ££££’s.
Blood bikes have been established in the UK for more than 40 years.
It all began on April 1st, 1969 in Stevenage, when a youth community action group named Freewheelers was established to encourage young bikers to use their riding skills to provide a fast and reliable transport service to local hospitals.
Now 40 years on, MCBB was established in 2012, we continue to work for the same goals, and have grown from just 1 bike to 8 bikes, 70+ Volunteer Riders Who regularly use their own motorcycles & fuel, plus a great team of non motorcyclists (Our Controllers) who provide the support to the bikers!
Everyone in the group works hard at fundraising, You can also help us
Why not become a Volunteer Rider, or Volunteer Controller click the button below Now to start your journey of helping your community.
Why Blood Bikes?
Blood Bikes have been a feature in the UK since 1969. In recent years the number of blood bike groups has grown significantly and there are now hundreds of motorcyclists who freely volunteer their time to the service.
People often ask why a blood bike service is needed and what is that we actually do. Our group has the same aims of all the blood bike groups throughout the country:
To Save Money for the NHS Thereby Releasing Funds That Can Be Used To Directly Help NHS Patients
In addition to this Blood Bike groups promote a VERY positive image of motorcyclists to the public.
Raising Our Profile as Motorcyclists
Some people have a negative opinion of motorcyclists. Whether this is because of impatient city-centre couriers, or scare stories about biker gangs, it is something that can unfortunately taint all motorcyclists.
All the groups promote good practice among their volunteer riders, who hold an advanced riding qualification to ride on a marked-up blood bike. High-visibility jackets and marked motorcycles mean our riders are very visible to the public when riding so it is essential that they behave with the utmost professionalism at all times.
People who see blood bike riders collecting money, or walking into a hospital ward are often amazed that the groups exist and walk away impressed with the work that they do. Slowly, person by person, we manage to change people’s impressions of bikers. This isn’t the groups’ main reason for existing, but it is a happy side-effect of the work that we do.
One of our fundraising days
Two of our Marked Bikes
Even Pudsey likes MCBB
Higgi Ltd Donated a brand new bike
‘MCBB’ being interviewed before Getting ready to Lead the motorcycles across the new Runcorn bridge on opening night.
Some of our Volunteer Riders who regularly use their own bikes