Urgent appeal for volunteers!

We are in desperate need of volunteers, we don’t just need riders, but controllers and fundraisers as well, controllers more so than anything else.

The role of the controller is vital to the delivery of the free service we provide to our NHS trusts in Wales. The controller is responsible for receiving calls from the hospitals, passing on those jobs to the riders and making sure the riders have backup whilst their out on their own doing jobs. Without the controllers the bikes do not move, and the hospitals have no one to contact to enable them to make use of our service.

We have very dedicated volunteers, but without new people bringing their time and ideas our pool of volunteers will inevitably decrease. Recently we have been close to not being able to provide the service only for one of our controllers to step up and say ‘I can do that shift’, ‘I’m free from such a time, I’ll cover from then.’

To those dedicated volunteers I would like to say thank you for your work. Our service has seen such an expansion as of late, that we have started doing more week day and weeknight work than ever anticipated and we are in desperate need of your help, even for a few hours during the day.

We operate on the weekends on a 12 hour per shift rota, but we are happy to split that down to however long you, as a volunteer could provide the cover. We can provide the training and the support network you might need to do this role, we only need you to step up yourselves, and say ‘I can do that’. If you wish to help us as a controller please email enquiries@bloodbikes.wales, or call us on 0300 303 3352, or look at the area membership secretaries email addresses below and choose the one closest to you.

While we are asking for controllers, as a vital part of our service, we also need volunteer riders to deliver the service. You don’t need an award winning smile, you do need a full ‘A’ licence which you have held for 2 or more years. You don’t have to be fast to ride for us, we need to you adhere to the highway code as other road users do and hold less than 6 points on your licence. All our riders have to have a current advanced certificate, but don’t let that stop you as we have links with different organisations who can help you get your advanced certificate. You can help the charity in other ways first, like being a controller, or one of our fundraisers, both key to having the bikes on the roads. If you want to apply to become a rider you can email your local area membership secretary who can talk you through the process.

Aberystwyth area, please contact aber-membership@bloodbikes.wales

Pembrokeshire area, please contact pembs-membership@bloodbikes.wales

Carmarthenshire area, please contact west-membership@bloodbikes.wales

Swansea area, please contact west-membership@bloodbikes.wales

The Valleys, please contact mid-membership@bloodbikes.wales

Gwent area, please contact east-membership@bloodbikes.wales

Brecon area, please contact east-membership@bloodbikes.wales

North west wales, please contact northwest-membership@bloodbikes.wales

North east wales, please contact wrexham-membership@bloodbikes.wales

Central wales or any areas not listed, please contact mailto:membership@bloodbikes.wales

All our volunteers are fundraisers, but most fundraisers have other roles in our organisation also, but joining purely as a fundraiser can alleviate some of the pressure on other volunteers. Without people to help raise the funds our bikes would not move. Without funds we’d have no petrol, insurance, regular maintenance or be able to pay for the phone line for the hospitals to call.

PLEASE, IF YOU CAN HELP AT ALL, EVEN IF ITS ONLY A LITTLE BIT, ANY TIME GIVEN WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. NOT JUST BY US, BUT BY OUR SPONSORS, OUR NHS, AND EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO, WHICH IS HELP THOSE THAT NEED US.

Tyron Stevenson, Vice-chairman