Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service is a registered charity that provides a free out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England.
Our service is available to hospitals and other NHS institutions between 19:00 and 07:00 Monday to Friday, and 24-hours on the weekend & bank holidays
Emergency co-ordinator - 0300 800 1907
Riding For Life: A registered charity (no. 1001067) founded in 1990, Freewheelers EVS has a coverage area that includes Somerset, Bristol, Bath, West Wiltshire, and South Gloucestershire. Freewheelers is one of a number of groups that cover different parts of the country.
Our lifesaving service to the NHS is provided free of charge and is funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. We transport blood, pathology & microbiology specimens, patient notes, X-rays, breast milk, and other medical supplies. In 2012, we made 3,648 deliveries, riding more than 120,000 miles.
Freewheelers EVS operate a fleet of motorcycles each equipped with high-visibility markings, blue lights and sirens for emergency use. If our service did not exist hospitals would be forced to use taxis or commercial couriers.
Freewheelers EVS is run entirely by volunteers. All our riders hold an advanced motorcycling qualification, such as the advanced riding test by RoSPA, or IAM. We also have a team of fund raisers and telephone co-ordinators.
|Freewheelers' volunteers were awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2008. This is recognised as the MBE for Volunteers.|
We are also founding members of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes which represents the existing blood bike charities at a national level and helps new groups to get established.
The existing NABB members reach more than 85% of the country's population.
Will your next journey save a life? Ours could.
Feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
The Camping & Caravanning Club Magazine have run a feature on Freewheelers! Attached is a copy of the article being circulated to thousands and thousands of members across the caravan & camping membership. (Watch out for a spike in hits on our website !)
The article was written for the 'Club People' page at the back of the magazine and is great exposure for FreewheelersEVS.
Well Done Matt - Local newspapers and now National magazines - we expect to see you in a Global feature next time !
Mayor presents to Freewheelets
We would like to thank Councillor Keith Morris for supporting Freewheeler’s as one of his Charity’s of his year in office, and we appreciate his kind donation which will help us ensure that we continue to operate our service.
SIRONA CARE AND HEALTH ADOPTS FREEWHEELERS AS ITS CHARITY OF THE YEAR
The 2000 plus staff at Sirona Care & Health, a not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of community health and adult social care across Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire has adopted the service as its charity of the year. Sirona announced this on their website here: http://www.sirona-cic.org.uk/news/2014/06/sirona-adopts-freewheelers-emergency-voluntary-service-as-its-charity-of-the-year/
Simon Knighton, Sirona’s chairman, said: “Each year, Sirona care & health aims to contribute to the communities it serves in a number of different ways.
“One way of doing this is if we make a surplus, then we invest a small amount of that into a local charity to be chosen by our staff and Members.
“We know that it is only by all of us working together will we achieve good health and wellbeing for everyone and we are delighted to be able to show our support in a practical way.”
Julie Sharma, Business Development Lead, said: “A number of staff put forward Freewheelers for our charity of the year and it was overwhelmingly supported by the teams.
“It is a fantastic organisation, run entirely by volunteers, that provides a vital service to our hospitals and community.
“They are an essential part of the high quality all round care we are able to provide and whenever we need them they are always there.
“As well as the commitment from Sirona, we are sure staff will come up with innovative ways throughout the year to fundraise as they did so magnificently for last year’s charity, the Foodbanks in Bath and North East Somerset.”
Freewheelers member Peter Hawkes said: “Freewheelers is delighted to be chosen as Sirona’s Charity of the year. All our members are unpaid volunteers, and for a Health and Social Care Community Interest Company and its staff to recognise the value of what we do in this way is greatly encouraging.
“The support that Sirona will give us throughout this year will be a huge help in enabling us to continue our work supporting NHS units and the community we live in.”
Photo: Simon Knighton, Chairman of Sirona Care and Health, meets Freewheelers members at St Martin’s Hospital
Freewheelers members left to right:
and Bob Pippett
Seated on the bike: Simon Knighton, Chairman of Sirona Care and Health
Freewheelers EVS thanks to Moose Lodge 55 and Ladies Circle
Freewheelers would like to thank Moose Lodge 55 & Ladies Circle for their continued support over approx the last 6 years & the offer of continued support .
Also thank you all for the kind donation of £600 which is gratefully received & will be put to good use, ensuring that we can continue to offer our services to the NHS, also thanks to Mike Lang for the photo’s of the event.
MBDA present cheque to Freewheelers EVS
Sanders Garden World wishing well appeal donate £329
The donation was made in memory of Jake Douglas from the Sanders Garden World wishing well appeal. Jakes mum and family & friends from Sanders presented the cheque to Freewheelers volunteers Stevie Brookes, Andy Burr, Christine Dunne and Rod Sinclair (photographer)
Somerset Masons present a new motorcycle to Freewheelers EVS
A chance meeting in a supermarket car park led to the presentation, at the Webbington Hotel on Wednesday 12th February, of a new emergency response motorcycle to the Freewheelers EVS by the Provincial Grand Master of Mark Master Masons of Somerset.
Somerset Mark Masons were so impressed with the commitment and ethics of the Freewheelers charity members that the Provincial Grand Master launched an appeal among the 24 Mark lodges in Somerset. The response was such that within 16 months the lodges raised £20,000. This was enough to provide the Charity a fully equipped brand new BMW R1200RT motorcycle (pictured above) and additional funds toward the first years running costs.
Freewheelers EVS thanks all who contributed in any way with their time and help that made the donation of a new motorcycle possible. It will help the Charity to continue providing its service to the NHS and improve rider safety who will benefit from the latest motorcycle technology.
Freewheelers EVS awarded 2nd place in Lloyds Banks Community Fund Award.
Our thanks to everyone that voted for us and made this presentation possible. Without your continued support in so many ways Freewheelers EVS could not continue to provide a service.
Whilst attending our first ever Bristol Motor Show event at 'The Mall' Cribbs Causway we were approached by a guy dressed in a white one piece race suit, also wearing a white helmet & dark visor. We've seen this guy before on TV but do you think we could get a word out of him? - NOT A CHANCE !!
Does he want to be a coordinator?
No way- He doesnt talk to anyone!
Does he want to be a rider?
No way- He'd break all the speed limits!
Does he want to be a fundraiser?
No way- cos after a couple of photos & a quick sit on the bike, Off he went!!!
Quicker than you can say "The Stig!"
If you are a regular online purchaser of goodies no matter how big or small, then don't go direct to your online store, go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and choose your supplier from their list. eg Amazon, Tesco and many many others.
You then end up going to your recognised online store and do everything else as per normal.
The advantage to Freewheelers is that we get a small % of the value of whatever you buy from 0.1% up to 5% in some instances.
All you need to do is register which is very quick and easy by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk fill in your details, select Freewheelers as your chosen charity, then away you go. You can even tick the box to gift aid the % element we get, even more free cash for us.
Cost to you - absolutely nothing, just 5 mins of your time to register and then remember to go via this site for all your purhcases in future (there is even a reminder widget to help you).
Advantage to you - you may get discount on your purchases too for helping a charity.