Initially 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.
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.
Our 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 Donation 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.