Vehicle for blood bike charity, thanks to garden centre

Staff at Dobbies in Ponteland and two Northumbria Blood Bikes volunteers are pictured with the new vehicle. Picture by Ross Mackenzie.
Staff at Dobbies in Ponteland and two Northumbria Blood Bikes volunteers are pictured with the new vehicle. Picture by Ross Mackenzie.
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Staff at Dobbies in Ponteland recently handed over a new vehicle to Northumbria Blood Bikes as a result of their fund-raising.

The garden centre chose the service as its charity of the year for 2016 and 2017 and as well as bringing in money, it has welcomed some of its volunteers into the store.

It has now raised enough to present Northumbria Blood Bikes with a new fully-equipped bike that will become part of the operational fleet and help to save lives across the North East.

Paul Travis Anderson, general manager at Dobbies Ponteland, said: “We really appreciate the voluntary work that the Blood Bikers do in our region and with the support of our very generous customers and the charity’s committed fund-raisers, we are delighted that enough money has been raised to put another bike on the road and the fact it will be called Dobbies makes us all very proud.”

Northumbria Blood Bikes volunteers deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites and laboratories in North East.

Publicity officer Kirsty Lawrence said: “The demand for our service increasing means we now cover a greater number of miles.

“This bike will go straight into our frontline operational fleet, potentially saving hundreds of lives of people in the North East.

“We really appreciate the hard work the staff and customers at Dobbies have put into raising funds for us and want to say a big thank-you to everyone involved.”