On Saturday 15th June Nelson Town Council organised a Family Fun Day to help raise awareness and funds for the North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes. Their mission is to provide a free, but professional voluntary out of hours transport service to local NHS hospitals by carrying urgent and emergency blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment, in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle, between hospitals that is urgently required. They began in May 2012 and as the counter shows the number of call outs they are completing is growing exponentially. They provide this service through the night, at weekends and Bank Holidays enabling hospital funding to be better spent on patient care.
This fundraiser and fun day was a massive success. Generous Nelsonians, young and old, supported the blood bikers throughout the day and they were a testament to the diverse communities which live in Nelson.
The event raised a considerable amount of money, but the exact amount is yet to be counted.
“Me and my colleagues are extremely proud to have supported the North West Blood Bikes who provide an invaluable and life saving service”. Nelson Town Council Chairman, Councillor Zafar Ali.
“As a Town Council our mission is to support, help and improve everyday life for residents and who knows one day anybody from this town could be relying on the precious service of the blood bikes.” – Councillor Eileen Ansar.
“On behalf of North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes, may I thank you for hosting the fundraising event in Nelson on our behalf. We were totally overwhelmed by the generosity, support and good nature of all the people we spoke to and interacted with. We would like to say a special thank you to all the scholars of Marsden Heights Community college for all their hard work, tirelessly going around with collecting buckets. They all came back to base ‘several’ times each to empty out the buckets as they were getting to heavy to carry for much longer.
Each and every one of them was a pleasure to talk to and they will all go on to become fine upstanding citizens. They are a total credit to the community and excellent ambassadors for the college.” Tony Edmonsdon (East Area Events and Talks Co-ordinator).