Branch on track to hit target for charity

Two of the Northumbria Blood Bikes volunteers at Dobbies Ponteland.
Two of the Northumbria Blood Bikes volunteers at Dobbies Ponteland.

Generous customers at Dobbies Ponteland have been revving up funds to support a good cause.

Staff at the branch of the garden chain appointed Northumbria Blood Bikes as its local charity partner in March this year and the total so far is more than £6,500.

The store hopes to raise £15,000 so it can provide the service with a new motorbike.

A few of the volunteer motorcyclists from the charity visited the garden centre earlier this month to say a personal thank you to staff and customers, collect further funds and recruit potential volunteers to be a part of the team.

Alex MacDonald, community champion of Dobbies Ponteland said: “Dobbies customers never fail to show their generosity when it comes to charity.

“We are definitely on track to raising our target of £15,000. We’ve loved having the bikers in store with us and are thrilled to be able to continue to support them throughout 2016.”

Northumbria Blood Bikes operates in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. Its volunteers provide free transport of urgently needed blood, platelets and medical resources to NHS facilities.

The bikers carry out this service to each of the acute NHS Trusts in the area and the Great North Air Ambulance, with every penny donated going directly to the charity.

Fund-raising co-ordinator Graham Moor said: “We’re really touched by the support Dobbies customers have shown us.

“The charity has now become a crucial element to local healthcare services, so it’s great to see local shoppers contributing to our cause.”