A group of bikers who have combined their passion for bikes with volunteering for an essential service in Sussex – the transporting of blood and associated products needed in an emergency.
This group is called:
SERV Sussex – Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers
|'Racing' through the night to deliver blood|
c/o Sussex SERV site
There are 60 volunteers who work at intervals overnight (7.00 pm to 6.00 am) to provide night time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items for the National Health Service (NHS) hospitals around Sussex.
Without this willing group of night time riders the NHS would have to use ambulances, or pay taxis to transport these urgently needed items.
This amazing service has just been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group.
In 2016 SERV Sussex responded to 1,147 individual requests for assistance from NHS Trusts or the UK Association for Milk Banks (premature and sick baby services).
|Tube map of the London Underground - Tooting is ringed|
Sussex lies approximately due south
Blood and blood products usually originate in Tooting, south London … but transfers are made to London and between Sussex Hospital Trusts.
A second service is provided as SERV has recently expanded to transporting human milk; now providing daily support to milk banks in London and Brighton.
|Sussex SERV's logo|
They will collect milk from donors in Sussex, Surrey and London at pre-arranged times, then deliver to one of the milk banks.
They will also deliver treated milk to mothers in their homes if donor milk is required and they are unable to make it to the hospital to collect their supplies.
Donated breast milk helps babies who are ill to get the best start in life… it contains all the nutrients (at least 400) that a baby needs and contains the hormones and disease-fighting compounds which are not found in formula milk.
|Another photo of their vehicle c/o SERV site|
These volunteers who cover the 365 nights in a year … leave the hospitals free to focus their resources on patient care and eliminate costly transport bills.
The volunteers give their time for free, together with use of their beloved bikes, they put the fuel in and maintain their vehicles from their own pockets.
A wonderful service recognised by The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service … so well deserved – many of us will be thankful, while the volunteers gain from giving back to society, to helping families at times of dire trouble …
|c/o Sussex SERV site|
Today and all days we give thanks to those who will look after us in times of need … while I am sure the Service for Emergency Rider Volunteers in Sussex has been working overtime to help those with great need in London.
Let us not make life worse for others …
SERV Sussex - Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV)
The Blood Runners of Sussex
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