What is involved in being a rider?

Riders will be responsible for replying to any calls received 24 hours per day – For the period they are on duty.

This will be regardless of time, not feeling like it because its cold, wet and miserable, or it’s the third call-out in a row. What’s pleasant at 9 pm on a June evening is less pleasant at 5 am on a cold December morning.

So as you can see it may not be all sweetness and light, you will also still be expected to take part in fundraising events.

 

Still interested? OK then read on.
What are the requirements to become a rider?
  • As a minimum you need a Full (Unrestricted) motorcycle licence.
  • You need to have experience with riding bikes over 600cc
  • Less than 3 penalty points
  • No pending motoring convictions including Fixed Penalties
  • Our insurers insist on riders being 25 or over (but that doesn’t stop you helping out with fundraising or answering the phone as a despatcher)
  • To ride on of our marked bikes you will need either a RoSPA Bronze or IAM pass (other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis)
  • To ride your own machine you will need an assessment ride by our training staff
  • You will be re-assessed at least every 2 years
Adrian Cowley

Adrian Cowley

President

Adrian is our President and Trustee. Adrian is the founder of Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes, formally known as Northwest Blood Bikes Merseyside.

With the help of his company LCC Limited, several important pieces of equipment have been purchased.

Adrian is a Rospa Diploma holder and also holds an IAM advanced motorcycle qualification. Adrian is also a bikesafe tutor with the Merseyside Police Bikesafe team and a former Tutor with Roadar Merseyside. Adrian is one of the few blue lighted and accredited riders which the group has.

Adrian is often seen riding one of his plethora of bikes to work and on long runs. As a Mason and member of Hardshaw Lodge 8722 in St Helens, in June 2015, Adrian and colleagues of the North West Chapter of Widow Sons MBA (a masoinc motorcycle group) completed the Fireball Run, travelling from Holyhead to Whitby overnight, witnessing the sun set in the west at Holyhead and then rising in the east at Whitby. The run raised funds for the Lily Foundation.

Adrian’s Son Thomas lost his life suddenly in December 2013 to a rare illness known as Mitochondrial disease. This inspired Adrian to take up this very daunting challenge to ride cross country at night. Over £4000.00 was raised which was presented to the Lily Foundation in order to help find a cure for Mitochondrial Disease.

Stuart "Tiny" Thompson

Stuart "Tiny" Thompson

Rider - Controller - Committee

This is Tiny and as his name sake, he is a giant amongst men.

Tiny has been a revelation since joining our group. He has helped sort out the rota and has taken on a role within the group as chief organiser.

He has taken on the difficult role as assistant manager and now has the group working efficiently with the help of his friend Lesley.

We now have a controller / dispatcher and above all a reliable full of life character who is helping move our organisation forwards.

We are very pleased to have him on board.

Simon Dennett

Simon Dennett

Rider - Fundraiser - Vice Chairman

Profile:
47 years old
A chemical process worker
Married with Two children aged 16 and 12
Obsessed with motorcycles.  I love motocross and superbike racing. My childhood hero was Eddie Kidd.
Until recently taught martial arts.
I’m a passionate fundraiser and get a huge buzz out of seeing people enjoy themselves.
I love trifle and walking my dog.
I hate bad manners and poor punctuality.

 

Norman Corke

Norman Corke

Trustee - Rider - Founder Member

Norman Corke is a Trustee and Rider with Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes.

Norman originally was a founder member of Lancs & Lakes blood Bikes but joined Merseyside & Cheshire to help develop our group.

Norman has been a great source of knowledge and help to the group since joining us in early 2013.

Norman is not able to ride as much as he would like mainly due to his work commitments. Norman is a driving instructor with his own school of motoring but is always on hand to offer help and guidance whenever it is required.

As an elder statesmen, Norman is a figurehead within the group.

Gwyn Roberts aka 'Daddy Gwyn'

Gwyn Roberts aka 'Daddy Gwyn'

Rider - Assessor

Gwyn Roberts is the backbone of our organisation, Gwyn has been with us since the start.

Gwyn is one of our Instructors and is also our number 1 volunteer. He is well known and liked by all the Nurses and often finds himself between jobs sharing a well earned cup of tea with the Ward Staff at our hospitals.

Gwyn is an IAM Observer and often encourages our new members to join him at Warrington IAM.

Having been a motorcyclist for many a year, Gwyn is well placed be both an assessor and rider in the group. Rain, Snow or bright sunny days of summer, Gwyn is always there.

Les Morris

Les Morris

Rider

I joined the group four years ago ,
I’m an IAM advanced rider ,
I ride a vfr 1200 crosstourer  and an avid fan of the Iom TT ,
I’m a dental technician by trade and an Everton fan for my sins since being in the group I have serviced some of the marked bikes supplied signage been an active fundraiser and now started giving talks to promote the group.
Love the bloodbike family we are a passionate group of people
Alan Wooten

Alan Wooten

Rider

I have been riding Motorcycles since I was 16 years old, with no more than a few years without one in nearly 39 years and just love riding.
I am an ex Shipyard worker of 19 years working in Engineering being a fitter/ inspector, before being employed for 19 years in a secondary school as a DT teacher and currently DT Technician.
I sing in a choir of 100 voices and I am a bit of a light footed twinkle toes as a Ballroom and Latin dancer as well.

My interest in Blood Bikes started when I was approached by somebody collecting funds at a supermarket. I had a chat about the organisation and then contacted the Merseyside group. My assessment ride followed and with some basic training off we go.

I have only done a few runs so far, but I enjoy being able to help and support those in need and combined that in with getting out on the bike.

Dave McGarvie

Dave McGarvie

Rider & Web Design

This is me on the ‘coloured’ bike on one of the fundraising days MCBB attended last year (2017).
I’ve been riding bikes since I was 17, and since that time almost 40 years ago I have almost always had a bike. In my last job I was very fortunate to receive motorcycle training to the very highest standards, i.e. I completed two 5 week bike courses and 3 car courses with Merseyside Police attaining a Class 1 Advanced in both Motorcycle & Car, I then worked within the Traffic department for 5 years, and then rode bikes again for 3 years.
I retired form the police and am now a driving test examiner with the DVSA. I just can’t stop riding bikes and liked the work MCBB was doing so volunteered to work with them in April 2017, since that time I’ve got to know quite a few of my fellow Blood Bikers and can say they are a great bunch of guy’s and gal’s!
I also do assessment rides for new volunteers, and have recently (Dec 2017) put together this website…. Thank you to MCBB for giving me the opportunity to ride my bike more!

Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Rider

Retired at 50 Soldier of 20 years in the Royal Corps of Signals
Took to Two wheels just over a year ago (midlife crisis)
Does a lot of charity work as a Poppy Appeal Organiser and needed something else to focus on and chose to volunteer as a blood biker
Now needs a job for a rest
Stuart Shotton

Stuart Shotton

Rider

Profile: Aged 38, Currently a Kawasaki Versys 650KLE, late to the bike scene I started riding in 2014 having what my wife affectionately coined a “mid life crisis”. With a wife who works for the NHS I’m acutely aware of the strain their finances are under and having had my ear talked off by our secretary at an MCBB event and meeting the team it was an easy decision to volunteer. 3 weeks after joining I managed to wreck my Harley Iron 883 and the guys not only picked me and my bike up, but also ensured I didn’t escape the mandatory micky taking and had me washing cars to raise funds that same; hence now affectionately referred to by some members as “Crash”. A great team, a worthy cause and an excuse to ride your bike…what more do you need!

Dave Woodward

Dave Woodward

Rider

Profile:

I have always had a love of anything with petrol or diesel I was born in 1970 but it was not until 2007 I learned to ride a bike.

For years I have wanted to volunteer for a charity or organisation that did good work for others but work mostly got in the way as I am a theatre technical person and have always worked very varied hours. Recently my role now as a head of department made hours much more predictable and self manageable.

I stumbled on Blood Bikes at a bike show and soon realised it was something I could get involved with. Initially I had looked at teaming up with Manchester Bloodbikes doing shifts from work in Salford. After completing their enrolment and approved training and obtaining an ERS A pass I found their shift pattern would not work for me. MCBB however near my home address soon become the obvious group to volunteer for. I began my involment at the 2017 Wirral Egg Run and have never looked back. In summer 2017 I competed a RoSPA advanced riding course and passed my test with a Silver which I hope to turn gold when the renewal time comes !

I lost both my parents to cancer one at only 52 and to be involved with a group that works to support the NHS and other charities like Marie Curie it lets me try and pay back some of the fabulous care they both had at the time they most needed it.

Working with everyone at MCBB is an honour and a privilege, all wonderful folk just giving something back for all kinds of reasons.

Mike Old

Mike Old

Rider

Profile:
Hi My name is Mike Old from Liverpool I am self employed as a taxi driver/Airport Transfers, in my spare time I like to ride my Motorcycle and spend time with my partner and 3 children.

I also give up 2 days a week to volunteer as a blood biker (MCBB).

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

Rider

Profile:

Aged 55 married to Jan for 30yrs two children Matty and Emily, and a dog called Sammy.

I’v been riding bikes since 2003 I’ve owned a Yamaha Fazer 600, Kawasaki Versys 650, Aprilia Pegaso 650, BMW 1200 GS and now have a Triumph Explorer 1200.

I’v joined Blood Bikes to help the NHS and to give something back to the local community, while doing something I love that’s ridding my bike.

Currently work for Merseyrail  as a train Guard.

Support Liverpool FC

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Rider

Profile:

Matt
I’ve been a Blood Biker since summer 2017 after passing my bike test in April 2016 and my advanced test with the IAM in June 2017. I am one of the younger members of the group at the age of 26 and having since joined, convinced my dad to join, who’s profile is further up the page. Since joining the group I have changed tac slightly and trained as one of our operators. I now do both operating and riding shifts and get to see what is involved with a call to the blood bikes from both sides.
I live in Wallasey and currently ride a Honda CBR 500ra but have been riding on two wheels since I was 18 on various CBT licences.
MCBB is a brilliant charity and the riders and controllers are a brilliant bunch of guys and girls. If you enjoy riding and want to get a bit more out of your riding then this is defiantly the motorbike group
Andy Eaton

Andy Eaton

Rider

Profile:

Hi My name is Andy Eaton, I work for Highways England as a Traffic Officer in the North West region but on my days off from the day job I volunteer as a Blood Biker for Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes.  I have been with the group for several years now apart from a break of about 18 months due to travel with my work.

I decided to volunteer as I have always been involved in some way with charities whether that be fundraising through sponsorships or monthly donations but this was something I could do that directly benefits an organisation – the NHS.  I love the work I do as it gets me out on my bike which I enjoy and also I know I am saving the NHS money with the volunteering work I do.

A real bonus about being a blood biker though is knowing that I am helping patients directly, it could be a trip to the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre or one of the several hospitals we visit, when you meet the patients that you are helping and spread the work of what MCBB do it is great.  I have had several conversations with patients who’s blood samples I am collecting and they are amazed and really interested in the work we do to help people like them, not to mention surprised that a motorcyclist has just turned up for their sample to be whisked away to hospital within minutes of them being seen by the nurse.

The work is varied, exciting and I get a real sense of achievement from it & look forward to be doing this for many years to come.