Volunteers from Blood Bikes Manchester will be on hand 24/7 this Christmas to help the NHS
You will have no doubt seen them at some point, perhaps even moved out of the way to let them pass.
Their brightly liveried bikes with the word BLOOD written in bold across the front are pretty hard to miss.
But what you might not know about Blood Bikes Manchester is that every single person involved is a volunteer.
The charity transports things such as urgently needed blood, donor breast milk, vaccines and other medication between hospitals and hospices for free, so that the NHS can put the savings back into what matters the most – patient care.
Steve Deakin has been part of Blood Bikes Manchester for four of the seven years it’s been going.
“If someone is ringing at 2am because they need blood for a hospital, it’s not to top up stocks, it’s because someone needs it and is waiting for it,” he said.
“I’ve had instances in the last few months when I’ve been taking blood to a particular hospital and there has been a nurse waiting outside for me so the blood can be taken and processed straight away for whoever needs it.
“We never know who the patient is or what their condition is, but in cases like this it is clear they were waiting for it.”
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