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Highland & Islands Blood Bikes

by Odette Ashman in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th December 2020 we successfully raised £2,557 ( + est. £91.75 Gift Aid ) with 99 supporters in 36 days

To allow this amazing charity to expand and deliver essential services to all communities across the vast Highlands and Islands region.

by Odette Ashman in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Additional money would allow expansion of our fleet by purchasing a further motorbike giving greater capacity and capability to respond to demand for the service, alternatively it would allow us to carry out improvement upgrades to our existing bikes to keep our riders safer and on the road for longer and so providing greater service for our local communities. 


Highland and Islands Blood Bikes; 

Our Story, Your Charity

Working for Our Local and Global Community

1604772201_haibb_collage.jpgInitially set up for only a 6 month trial in 2019, Highland and Islands Blood Bikes as a relatively new charity quickly adapted in early 2020 to support the developing needs of our community in response to a rapidly changing world in light of the global coronavirus pandemic.   Covid-19 tests and testing kits now feature as a significant part of our volunteer teams’ daily work in addition to the essential blood and medical products they transport across Scotland.  Now more than ever our Blood Bike service is not only essential for our local, but also our global community.

Why Your Support is Needed

Typically winter sees increased pressure on our National Health Service, which in real terms will translate and be reflected in an increased demand for the Blood Bike service.  As a charity funded 100% by donations, and run 100% by volunteers, your support is essential in allow the continuation of our free community service.

Community is a way of life across our Highland and Islands region, our many rural locations are remote and can prove challenging to access even in fair weather.  With the winter season upon us and worsening weather conditions, we want to make sure our team remain safe to continue to support our communities and by making sure they’re not disadvantaged at any time of year simply because of their geographic location.

1604771096_haibb_team.jpgOur Team are based out of four main locations; Wick, Inverness, Oban and Fort William, our team is formed entirely of volunteers who generously give up their time for free.  Our bikers are supported by a back team of controllers, alongside our core team consisting a multitude of positions including operations, fleet management, risk advisement and IT support.

Your Donation1604771435_haibb_base_locations.jpg  By ensuring our volunteer riders have appropriate kit it maintains their safety on the road when travelling the thousands of miles required to be covered each month.  Should sufficient funds be raised it would allow an additional bike to be put on the road.  This would enable expansion of the service, increasing our effectiveness by having a greater response capacity and capability for covering our significant geographic area across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and for working in liaison with our partner Scottish regional health boards. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Name our new bike

If you pledge £25 or above you will be entered into a free draw to name our new bike, providing our stretch target for funding is reached to enable the purchase.

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