John James Bristol Foundation John James was born in Bedminster in 1906 and became a very successful business man. He had a strong philanthropic drive to use monies for good. Although he passed in 1996, the John James Bristol Foundation continues this work with the emphasis on Bristol residents. The main areas of interest are education, health and the elderly. Freewheelers EVS applied to the Foundation and were staggered by the generosity of the giving. A donation fo £33,000 was made to Freewheelers EVS to cover the cost of purchasing a new FJR 1300 Blood Bike along with the monies to run it for approximately 75,000m miles (3 years) of life-changing, life-saving service. John James’s blue plaque can be seen at the Windmill Hill city farm at the location of the house were he was born. With this new machine and the running costs, we would like to think that he would also approve of this more mobile and practical dedication to him.
The Thatchers Foundation has shown continued support for Freewheelers EVS and has recently made a donated of £2500. We would like to thank the Thatchers family and Foundation for such as generous contribution. The monies will cover the fuel and servicing running costs of approximately 12,500 miles of life-changing, life-saving service for the communities in the South West.
Thank you Freewheelers would like to thank the Great Western Chapter for their support over the last 3 years you have made a great difference to our service capability with your support. Year 1 Donating enough money to buy us a bike Year 2 Donating enough money to replace our Sat Nav units. Year 3 Donating money to fit cameras onto our bike.
Christmas Challenge 2018 Discover. Donate. Double In a few weeks time on #GivingTuesday Freewheelers has been chosen to be one of the participating charities to encourage supporters and family and friends to donate online to our project at Flying High with Freewheelers.. If we can raise £2,500 online during the #ChristmasChallenge18, then the impact of all your donations will be DOUBLED by pledges received from local companies and The Hospital Saturday Fund who will kindly match your donations. Why Donate ? Our project is seeking funds to contribute to the cost of the life saving 100+ mile round trip service our volunteers perform free of charge, by transporting blood products and plasma to our two local air ambulance charities of Great Western in Almondsbury Bristol and Wiltshire in Semington EVERY night of the year so the Air Ambulance specialist crews are ready to give enhanced critical care at the roadside. When can you Donate ? The #ChristmasChallenge18 is only open from midday on Nov 27th until midday on Dec 5th, so please take 5 mins to DONATE HERE, then spread the word to your friends, family, work colleagues, clubs etc and know your impact will be DOUBLED. Thankyou ps: if you can, don't forget to tick the gift aid option too !
Blood Bike Day Today August 11th is the annual national recognition day for all the blood bike groups up and down the country who provide their time and services free to their local communities to ensure we are there when you need our life saving service. Checkout facebook and twitter posts today using #bloodbikeday A BIG thank you to our band of volunteers whether riding, taking the calls from hospitals to co-ordinate the riders, and of course our fundraisers and supporters who ensure we can run 365 nights of the year.
Choose Us for your Local Co op Community cause! Freewheelers have been nominated as one of the local causes in the Co op Community Fund, this is for our West patch area, so if you live within approx.15 miles of Taunton, then you will see us listed on the local causes along with other local charities. This is where we need your help as by choosing us, Co op donate 1% of spend at their local stores. Go to Choose your Local Cause and select Freewheelers EVS. Our bikes are planning to visit the local stores so you can come and have a chat and find out more about how we serve your local community. So please take 5 mins to vote for us and spread the word.
Easter Draw Update Thanks to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket to win £250 worth of goodies from Sainsbury East Filton. The draw has now taken place and the lucky winner will be arranging a shopping spree very soon. Thankyou for your support which raised £228.aster
WINNERS! On tonight's ITV West Country news the results of the voting from the #PeoplesProjects were announced, our project Wheels to save lives was one of the three winners in our region. Woo hoo, we are so excited at the prospect of two new bikes for our fleet to help continue delivering and expanding our free life saving service to the local communities. Massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word and gathered in the votes - we don't know the final count itself so will let you know when we do.
Air Ambulance initiative In August 2015 Freewheelers EVS started working with both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Freewheelers EVS delivers fresh whole bloods to both organisations every night, returning any unused bloods to the Southmead Hospital blood bank, 365 days a year. The additional cost is provided free of charge to the Air Ambulances and the NHS.